Chafariz da Rua das Taipas

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Fountain of Rua das Taipas (Chafariz da Rua das Taipas)
Fountain (Fonte)
Official name: Chafariz da Rua das Taipas
Named for: Taipa: a wall made of thin and narrow wooden grating, whose spans are filled with mortar
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Greater Porto
District Porto
Municipality Porto
Location Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória
 - coordinates 41°8′35″N 8°37′4″W / 41.14306°N 8.61778°W / 41.14306; -8.61778Coordinates: 41°8′35″N 8°37′4″W / 41.14306°N 8.61778°W / 41.14306; -8.61778
Architects unknown
Styles Baroque, Mannerism
Material Granite
For public Public
Easiest access Vitória, Rua das Virtudes; Rua das Taipas
Management Instituto Gestão do Patrimonio Arquitectónico e Arqueológico
Operator Câmara Municipal de Porto
Status Property of Public Interest
Imóvel de Interesse Público
Listing Decree 28/536, Diário do Governo, Série 1, 66 (22 March 1938); Included in the Historic Centre of the City of Porto(PT011312140163) and Historical Zone of the City of Porto (PT011312070086)
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The Fountain of Rua das Taipas (Portuguese: Chafariz da Rua das Taipas) is a fountain in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau e Vitória, in the municipality of Porto.


The fountain and its niche along Rua das Taipas

In 1772, the residents along the Largo do Postigo das Virtudes presented to the municipal council a request to construct a fountain.[1]

Although there is no indication when the fountain was constructed or completed, by the end of the 18th century, there was already a need to substitute the pre-existing fountain by another.[1]


The fountain is flanked by buildings along the Rua das Virtudes with the historic centre of Porto.[1]

The granite fountain is part of a pyramidal obelisk decorated with a sphere recessed within a deep niche of rounded portico, flanked by pilasters.[1] At the base of the obelisk is a tank and over that a semi-circular dish.[1] On each of these elements (the obelisk and the semi-circular dish) are water spouts. The portico served as a shelter as much as a source of water.[1] Over the entablature is a central column with plinth, surmounted by pinnacle. Much of the fountain is decorated with vegetal elements, but also includes a mirror-like circular element on the obelisk.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sereno, Isabel (1994). SIPA, ed. "Fonte da Rua das Taipas (IPA.00000502/PT011312150026)" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA–Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 


  • Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico Classificado (in Portuguese), II, Lisbon, Portugal: IPPAR, 1993 
  • Porto a Património Mundial (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal, 1993 
  • Silva, Germano da (2000), Fontes e Chafarizes do Porto (in Portuguese), Porto, Portugal