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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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  • Given the size of the outside I was surprised that the church was small. It is very nice and not as ornate as all the other churches we saw. Pleasant and tasteful but without the WOW factor you get wi...  more »
  • As with most churches in Europe, this one is lavish in its artwork. The altar areas are especially impressive while much of the rest of the church is pretty much unadorned. The exterior is especially ...  more »
  • I visited this beautiful church and admired the famous altarpiece. The Clérigos Church ("Church of the Clergymen") is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. The church was built for the B...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Cool church with a level of access to areas unheard of in most other churches in Europe that I have attended.
  • Comparing with the historic buildings, which carry the feature using the blue while tiles for decoration, this building look more ordinary.
  • Beautiful landmark of the city. Free entrance and very historical building.
  • It is a very peculiar church and the sights from the tower heights are astonishing.