The Palace acquired its name after it took possession of the works of Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis. Born in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1847, he graduated from the Portuense Academy of Fine Arts and went on to find fame in Paris and Rome before returning to Porto to teach at the academy. Here too, is a vast selection of paintings, prints, antiques, ceramics and glassware from other artists. This tremendous collection of Portuguese art dates from the 16th century to the 21st.
The Carrancas Palace was built in a Neoclassical style typical in Porto during that period and first served as home for the Moraes and Castro family. During the Peninsular War, it was headquarters for the Duke of Wellington, but it became the official residence of the Portuguese monarchs in Porto after it was bought by King Pedro V in 1861. It first opened as a museum in 1942 and is one of Porto's most visited attractions.
Wednesdays - Sundays: 10h00 - 18h00, Tuesdays: 14h00 - 18h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Adult: €5.00, Concessionary: €2.50
Porto Card: 50%
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