The Stock Exchange Palace (The Bolsa Palace)

Tel: +351 22 339 9000

Address: R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal

Porto has long been a prominent port city with flourishing trading activities in Europe. If there is one place that best represents the city’s commercial strength, it has to be the Stock Exchange Palace. Established by the Commercial Association of Porto, the palace offers a glimpse of Portugal’s glorious history as a trading empire in the past.

During the Portuguese Civil War, a fire burnt down the cloisters of St Francis Convent. Queen Mary II then donated the convent ruins to Porto’s merchants, who erected on the ruins the Stock Exchange Palace in the mid-19th century to facilitate financing and trading to boost economic development. This splendid architecture of neoclassical style houses the glamorous Hall of Nations, with national emblems of the countries whom Portugal was trading with placed on the dome. One can tell how broad Portugal’s trading network was. Decorated in the aesthetic Moorish style inspired by the Alhambra in Spain, the imposingly elegant Arabian Room is the best venue to hold the official receptions. Today, the Stock Exchange Palace is not only a great place to look back at the past glory, but also an excellent site for dinners, congresses, auctions, concerts and more.