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Situated right in Porto’s historical centre, the Ribeira Square, next to this Wharf, is one of the oldest Squares in the city, mentioned in old documents already in 1389, even though its design was different that it is nowadays.
It was in this Ribeira Quarter that Porto and its commercial and trading connection with the Douro River started, changing much of its attention to this river virtues.
From the Ribeira Wharf one had access to the Barcas Bridge, where in 1809 more than 4 thousand people died while running away from an attack of the French troops. Nowadays a Bas-relief symbolises this tragedy.
The narrow and winding streets, facing Gaia, the typical arcades, the traditional coloured old houses, surrounded by bars, restaurants, cafeterias and shops make of Ribeira one of the most important Tourist places in Porto.
With a special vivaciousness during day and night time, and a cosmopolitan environment, Ribeira is an unique place where history, tradition, vibrancy and beauty perfectly combine. Certainly not to be missed!

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