The Hospital Geral Santo António is one of two main hospitals providing medical service in Porto (Hospital de São João is the other) and it’s the most centrally located. If you’re in need of a doctor’s attention, then this is the place to go. The emergency entrance is at the back of the building, away from the main façade.
This palatial hospital is a good example of Porto’s relationship with England. The British architect John Carr designed the Neo-Classical edifice in a style popular in the United Kingdom at the time. Construction got underway in the late 18th century, but as large projects sometimes go, the building was never fully completed. It’s a massive granite structure, and the stone masonry shows signs of the pollution found in the city. The modern add-ons are hidden in the interior, behind the grey face of the exterior.