Commissioned by King Manuel I, in the 16th century, Rua das Flores is associated with the ennoblement of Invicta. Located in the land plots belonging to the bishop’s vegetable gardens, it was opened following the population growth and the economic development of the city. For the first time there was specific regulation on the type of houses to be built and therefore the street borders were regulated enabling a good visibility of the façades.
The most illustrious people of the city lived here, from surgeons to clergymen, as well as tradesmen and barbers, and this fact granted it an elitist nature. Because it was the noblest and main street in Oporto city it was cobbled in 1542.
In the 18th century the richest shops in the city, such as jeweller’s and wool and silk shops, were located here. Many farmworker women and marriageable girls spent most of their dowries in trousseaus in this street.
Nowadays it is a pedestrian street, which was renovated in 2014. Hundreds of tourists walk on it every day, fascinated with the beauty of a street which marks the history of 16th century Oporto.