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We are delighted to welcome you to Porto.
From across the Rio Douro at sunset, romantic Porto looks like a pop-up town. A colourful tumbledown dream with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant baroque churches and stately beaux-arts buildings piled on top of one another, illuminated by streaming shafts of sun. If you squint you might be able to make out the open windows, the narrow lanes and staircases zigzagging to nowhere.The city of Porto leads the top 10 European destinations from Lonely Planet and was elected the Best European Destination 2017 by the European Consumers Choice.
Porto’s historic centre is the Ribeira district, an Unesco World Heritage Site where tripeiros (Porto residents) mingle before old storefronts, on village-style plazas and in the old houses of commerce where Roman ruins lurk beneath the foundations. On the downside, here and in other parts of the city centre stand many dilapidated early-20th-century town houses, left to crumble as the young and moneyed flee to the sprawling suburbs by the sea.Yet despite signs of decay, in the last two decades Porto has undergone a remarkable renaissance – expressed in the hum of its efficient metro system and the gleam of Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música.
Culturally, Porto is more relevant than much larger global cities. The birthplace of port, it’s a long-running mecca for wine appreciators. Riverside wine caves jockey for attention in nearby Vila Nova de Gaia, with scores of cellars open for tastings. With tasty new kitchens springing up regularly, its palate is slowly growing more cosmopolitan. And thanks to a number of superb venues, Porto residents dance to many of the world’s top rock, jazz and electronic artists.
It is a highly atmospheric place that has become known for its monuments by renowned architects (Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge, Nicolau Nasoni's Clerigos Tower or Siza Vieira's Serralves Museum). Porto is one of the last undiscovered European metropolises and that's one of the reasons 1st World Congress on Facial Expression of Emotion is waiting to receive you! Porto, also known as Oporto (English) is the second largest city in Portugal (220,000 inhabitants) and the capital of Portugal’s northern region. Oporto was distinguished as best European destination in 2017 by the European Consumers Choice. The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European urban centers, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 due to its outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal," based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea can be seen in the many and varied monuments and the city’s unconditional support to the expeditions organized by Henry the Navigator (who was born in Porto) in the early 15th century. The nickname given to the people of Porto began in those days; “Portuenses” are, to this day, colloquially referred to as “tripeiros” referring to this period of history, when higher-quality cuts of meat were shipped from Porto with their sailors, while off-cuts and by-products, such as tripe, were left behind for the citizens of Porto: tripe remains a culturally important dish in modern day Porto. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Porto’s Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small Romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St.Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórdida) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal). In 2001, Porto shared with Rotterdam the designation of European Culture Capital, the main legacy of which has been the construction of the major concert hall space Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música, finished in 2005. Porto is also home to the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Alvaro Siza Vieira, and to Livraria Lello, a magnificent art-nouveau inspired space always in the top 10 lists of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. Another art-noveau jewel of the city is Café Majestic a former bastion of local artists and intellectuals when it first opened almost 90 years ago. Porto is also quite proud to be known as the city of work. Actually, its inhabitants have always been in the front line to defend national causes and greatly contributed to the Discoveries as well as to the region's economic development as one of the most dynamic areas in the country's entrepreneurial tissue. The roughness of hard work, however, is counter-balanced by its welcoming nature.
Portuguese speak excellent English and are welcoming to visitors. These are some of the reasons why Porto is among the five most popular international conference and convention cities in the world, according to recent rankings.
We are planning an exciting congress that is not to be missed and hope that you will make definitive plans to participate.Your contribution is important to us, and all submissions are handled via our homepage. We very much look forward to meeting you in Porto.