Church of Sao Pedro dos Clerigos, Porto

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The Clérigos Church is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols.The church was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an extense work in the north of Portugal during the 18th century.Construction of the church began in 1732 and was finished around 1750, while the monumental divided stairway in front of the church was completed in the 1750s. The main façade of the church is heavily decorated with baroque motifs (such as garlands and shells) and an indented broken pediment. This was based on an early 17th-century Roman scheme. The central frieze above the windows present symbols of worship and an incense boat. The lateral façades reveal the almost elliptic floorplan of the church nave.The Clérigos Church was one of the first baroque churches in Portugal to adopt a typical baroque elliptic floorplan. The altarpiece of the main chapel, made of polychromed marble, was executed by Manuel dos Santos Porto.The monumental tower of the church, located at the back of the building, was only built between 1754 and 1763. The baroque decoration here also shows influence from the Roman Baroque, while the whole design was inspired by Tuscan campaniles. The tower is 75.6 metres high, dominating the city. There are 240 steps to be climbed to reach the top of its six floors. This great structure has become the symbol of the city.
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  • Interesting, being next to the tower that allows you to save time and view two attractions then. Fine example of Portuguese Church.
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  • Built in the 18 century Baroque style church, located in the vicinity of the high point, in front of the church platform overlooking the main dry city in front of the resist to the tide of crowds. The interior of the church is complex and elegant, and the atmosphere is quiet, allowing the mood to be temporarily submerged. This church is free and can be paid to attend the priest's tower in the rear, with the exception of the tower, which overlooks the interior of the church with a carefully arranged route.
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  • The Church has a huge pipe organ and the concert which takes place every day at noon and is free. Very cool ...
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  • The views from the top are fantastic. Don't get fooled by the first open air area you get to, there are more steps up to the actual top where you get unrestricted views of the whole city! Make sure you take ear plugs if you time your visit to coincide with the bells chiming on the hour!
  • Beautiful church! I viewed it from the second floor since I entered through the museum. I love the organs! It was not very busy when I visited on a Wednesday afternoon.
  • Good view from tower top. Worth visit for first time visitors. From the top you will get view of both old and new town.
  • Beautiful baroque church, free entry. However, when you visit the tower (entry 4€) you gain access to the balconies, the museum, and the tower, of course. It's worth it.
  • Beautiful landmark in Porto constructed in granite. There is a small museum inside, views within the chapel as you make your way through to the tower. The views across the city are marvellous and worth the entrance fee of 4 euros per person. The staircase up to the tower is narrow. There is a lower level view point and a higher level view point. I would suggest you make your way to the top level to get the clear unobstructed views for your photos.

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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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