Casa do Infante
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CASA DO INFANTE

Initially established in 1325, the Casa do Infante (Prince’s House) was given this name after Prince Henry the Navigator, the orchestrator of Portugal's voyages of discovery in West Africa, was born here in 1394.

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The Casa do Infante or House of the Prince in English, is one of the oldest houses in Porto. It's the old Customs House (Alfândega) and residence for Portugal's senior officials during regal times. Situated in the Ribeira area, close to the river. It would have been central to the trade coming in and out of the city. Constructed in 1325, by Afonso IV, to house the royal warehouse and the customs services it's experienced many modifications over the centuries. Merchandise that arrived from overseas especially those coming from Venice and Northern Europe, were stored here. King Fernando I installed the royal mint here in C. 1370. It produced Porto's coinage between 1370 and 1721. João I married Philippa of Lancaster (daughter of John of Gaunt and granddaughter of Edward III of England) here in 1387. In 1394 the Custom House acquired a new name when Prince Henry, the Navigator, was born at the premisses. In 1894 a stone was placed at the entrance to commemorate the royal birth five centuries after the event.

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The building was classified as a national monument in 1924 and has since undergone renovation and now offers a range of services; Museum, Municipal Historical Archive, Thematic Library about Porto, Memory Room, Exhibition Room and an Auditorium.

Archaeological digs have unsurfaced many treasures including; old merchandise, coins, pottery 17th-century pipes and even a Roman mosaic floor, that is on display to the public. Dioramas that show us the ancient 14th-century Custom House are displayed alongside dioramas of all medieval Porto gives an interesting insight to times past.

Tuesday - Sunday: 09h30 - 13h00/14:00 - 17h30, Monday: CLOSED
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Getting There

Bus: 1, 57, 91, 23 and 49 | Timetable | STCP Website


Contact Details
10 Rua da Alfândega, 4050-029 Porto, Portugal.. | 41° 08' 27.00" N | 08° 36' 52.2" W
+351 222 060 435 | casadoinfante@cm-porto.pt


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