As a trading centre at the mouth of the Rio Douro it is the second largest city after Lisbon with over 320.500 inhabitants. The city is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history and has a number of distinctive atmospheres and this is very evident when comparing the various parts of the city.
The historic centre of Oporto is a townscape of high aesthetic value, with evidence of urban development from the Roman, medieval, and Almadas periods. The rich and varied civil architecture of the historic centre expresses the cultural values of succeeding periods – Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Modern. One of the most relevant aspects of Oporto is its scenic character, resulting from the complexity of the landform, the harmonious articulation of its roads, and the dialogue with the river. It also represents a successful interaction between the social and geographical environments.

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