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CLÉRIGOS CHURCH & TOWER (IGREJA & TORRE DE CLÉRIGOS)

One of Porto's foremost attractions is visible from most parts of Porto. The tower of the Clérigos church dominates the Porto skyline and surrenders amazing views overlooking the city from the top. MADABOUTPORTO.COM is your definitive guide to what to see, how to get there and what's close by. Save precious time and money and book online before your visit.


INTRODUCTION TO THE CLÉRIGOS CHURCH AND TOWER

The campanile is part of the 18th century Clérigos Church and serves as its bell tower. Construction of the church took place between 1732 and 1750 whilst working on the tower started four years later only to be completed in 1763, at which time it was the tallest building in Portugal. Designed by the enigmatic Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni who is attributed to many other architectural works found within Porto. 230 steps over six levels ascend 76 metres (249 ft) to the belfry and offer visitors impressive panoramic views over the city below and the river beyond.

The church itself is also the work of Nasoni and was one of the first Baroque churches in Portugal to adopt a typical baroque elliptic floor-plan. Its entrance overlooks the Rua dos Clérigos and sports a monumental divided stairway. The main façade of the church is ornately decorated with baroque motifs (such as garlands and shells) and an indented broken pediment.

CLÉRIGOS TOWER (TORRE DOS CLÉRIGOS)

Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)

Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)


Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)

Torre dos Clérigos View

In 1753 at the request of the Brotherhood of Clerics who occupied the church, Nicolau Nasoni presented plans for the bell tower and construction started a year later. By July 1763 construction was concluded as an iron cross was placed at its pinnacle and an effigy of St. Paul placed within a niche above the entrance. Built from granite and distinctly baroque in nature, the Torre dos Clérigos remains the tallest campanile in Portugal standing 76 metres (249 ft) atop a hill and is a dominant feature of Porto's skyline.

In 1917 an astonishing publicity stunt was staged when a group of Spanish acrobats known as the Puertullanos climbed the outside of the tower and in front of amassing crowd below pretended to drink tea on the top before throwing fliers which blew across Porto advertising a brand of biscuits. Today, however, visitors wishing to climb the tower take a far easier route to the top via the inner staircase which is compiled of 225 steps. Along the way, you'll encounter a large carillon comprised of 49 bells which might make you startled if they start playing as you pass. Your knees are finally relieved as you reach the spherical clock enclosure and viewing platform at the top. Your efforts are well rewarded by the incredible 360º birds-eye perspective of Porto below and the river Douro. For keen photographers the Torre dos Clérigos is a must-do experience, and if you make it here in time for sunset be prepared to be overwhelmed by the richness of colour.

Daily: 09h00 - 19h00
Tower & Clérigos Museum, Adult: €3.00, Child under 10 yrs: FREE, Porto Card Porto Card: - 50%



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Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower) - Skip The Line Ticket

CLÉRIGOS CHURCH (IGREJA DOS CLÉRIGOS)

TThe Church of Clérigos is another of Nicolau Nasoni's baroque masterpiece dating from the mid-18th century. He was commissioned by the Brotherhood to build their own church after having the land donated to them and construction started in 1732. When it was completed seventeen years later in 1749 it was Portugal's first elliptical-shaped church. Entrance into the church is obtained by climbing the double bolster stairway at the front of the church.

The interior is embellished with a marble altar and a rococo-inspired altarpiece, designed by Manuel dos Santos Porto, in which a throne crowned by the image of the Patroness, Our Lady of the Assumption, stands out. On the flanks of the altarpiece are two painted wooden sculptures representing the co-patron saints of the Brotherhood of the Clerics; St. Peter ad Vincula and St. Philip Neri. There's a gallery that runs along the perimeter of the naive allowing you a great view of the oval dome above and the interior as a whole. The church is well-illuminated thanks to its well-positioned windows bringing the gold gilding and pink marble to life. Nasoni must have been proud of his achievement because at his request he's buried here. Entrance to the church is free and it's well worth having a peep inside if you're passing.

THE MUSEUM

The infirmary of the Brotherhood of the Clerics which once served as a refuge for sick and impoverished clerics is now home to a museum. The exhibits are an insight into the life of the brotherhood and contain collections dating as far back as the 13th century such as sculpture, painting, furniture and gold-smithery.

Church of Clérigos (Igreja dos Clérigos)

Church of Clérigos (Igreja dos Clérigos)

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Igreja & Torre dos Clérigos

Getting There

São Bento Train Station | Timetable CP Website

Bus: 6, 20, 35, 37, 52 and 78 | Timetable STCP Website

Metro: Aliados (Line D) | Timetable Metro do Porto Website

22 Old Tram: Carmo - Batalha | Timetable STCP Website


Contact Details
Rua de São Filipe Nery, Porto 4050-546, Portugal. | 41° 08' 44.4" N | 08° 36' 52.5" W
+351 220 145 489 |  Website