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Torel 1884

Posted On: 23 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: Cereal

Imbued with the spirit of the European Age of Discovery, each floor of Torel 1884 alludes to a continent reached during Portugal's exploratory voyages of the 15-17th centuries. Through the entranceway, over old stone steps and between splaying potted palms, an act of discovery of its own unfolds.
The 19th century palace - which sits alongside Porto's cobbled streets, a short walk from the Ribeira district by the Douro river - has been renovated into a 12-room boutique hotel by architect Miguel Nogueira and interiors studio Nano Design. Antique maps hang unscrolled from the soaring palatial ceiling of the entrance, interspersed with drooping exposed light bulbs. Angelic, sculpted stone heads line a dark grey wall; on the other side of the corridor, devilish terracotta busts oppose them. This installation, by Portuguese artist Joao Pedro Rodrigues, represents the celestial and physical worlds, and alludes to the epic poem Os Lusiadas by Luís de Camões, written in the 16th century as a celebration of Vasco da...

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