Who was Marques da Silva?

José Marques da Silva (1869–1947) was a Portuguese architect renowned for his contributions to the field of architecture, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born in Porto, Portugal, Marques da Silva played a significant role in the development of Portuguese architecture and was a key figure in the transition from 19th-century romanticism to early 20th-century modernism.

Marques da Silva studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts (Escola de Belas Artes do Porto) in Porto, where he later became a professor. He also studied in Paris, where he was exposed to various architectural styles and movements, influencing his work.

One of his notable works is the São Bento Railway Station in Porto, an iconic transportation hub known for its impressive azulejo (traditional Portuguese ceramic tilework) panels, designed by Jorge Colaço.

Marques da Silva’s architectural style evolved over the years, incorporating elements of Beaux-Arts and modernism, while still maintaining a connection to traditional Portuguese aesthetics.

His legacy endures through his architectural contributions, and he is remembered as a key figure in shaping the architectural landscape of Portugal during a crucial period of transition.

For more information about this notable Arquitect, we recommend to visit his Fundation/Institute in Porto: https://fims.up.pt/

You can also book with us and discover more about the architecture of the city of Porto: https://ecolocaltours.pt/tour/architecture-route/

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