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The Municipality of Porto opened the procedure for classification as a Monument of Municipal Interest (MIP) of the Grande Hotel do Porto, located in the historic centre, considering that the property represents a “cultural value of relevant significance”.
In the notice published this Tuesday in Diário da República, the Municipality argues that the Grande Hotel do Porto, with its entrance facing Rua de Santa Catarina, represents “a cultural value of relevant significance, as it reflects municipal values of memory, exemplarity and authenticity transported to the present time”.
Its classification as a Monument of Municipal Interest, adds the document, “will represent an added value, as a built and symbolic testimony, part of the city’s social history”.
In the instruction phase of the classification procedure, the property in question is covered by the legal provisions in force, so that from the date of this notification, its sale or transfer, by inheritance or legacy, depends on prior communication. The legal provisions also determine that, at this stage, the co-owners and the Porto Chamber enjoy, in the order indicated, the right of preference in case of sale or payment in kind.
Licenses for construction works and for any works that change the topography, alignments and heights and, in general, the distribution of volumes and roofs or the exterior coating of the building, cannot yet be granted by the municipality or by any other entity, without prior favorable opinion from the competent municipal services.