Property for sale Sao Bento
Downhill to the west of Bairro Alto is the Property for sale Sao Bento community, controlled by the previous monastery now the Assembly of the Republic, Portugal’s parliament from which it takes its name. The long Rua de Sao Bento is home to numerous intriguing antiques shops; other local streets are dotted with tiny cafs and dining establishments, much of them run by long-established immigrants from previous Portuguese colonies in Africa.
Painted tiles are extremely typical in Portugal. We saw them all over Lisbon and Porto, where they line the external walls of buildings both as design and as insulation. We saw a tiled station in Pinhao. They are not unheard of on train stations, but right in the center of Porto lies So Bento station. Local trains to the area leave from here and there is a metro stop with the same name. The outside is pretty average, but action inside the front hall and it is totally tiled and gorgeous in the detail. This locomotive motif is duplicated around the hall.
We had actually just returned from checking out a little the regions on our post TBU journey. We had seen the train line in Pinhao as well, so this is where those trains would come from. So Bento is the regional station and right in the middle of Porto. The long range trains from Lisbon come into a more contemporary station across town, but the trains to the region begin here. Between the entryway hall with all of the tiles and the platforms are these doors with massive stainglass details. The center of a train station is typically the clock. Keeping things on schedule is necessary for trains.