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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  • The Church is especially famous for its Tower, which served a beacon for boats. Its interior is worth the trip. After that, I personally prefer the "twin" churches Carmelitas and Carmo located two not by Praça Leões
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  • For my part, there is in Porto, other most beautiful churches. It is run by tourists because attracted by its bell tower. The façade is baroque in granite stone with a flight of steps, framed by a balustrade. The interest in its semi circular interior with wall paintings in wrong eye. The sacristy is a bit poor. There are stairs to access the top of the tower. A lot of people makes the nice little visit.
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  • Centenary Church where your pipe organ characterizes as unique. Clerigos Tower another must-see moment
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  • One of the most emblematic monuments in Porto. This is a Christian church with Baroque style located in Porto city center. Behind the church you can find the "Torre dos Clérigos" (in the photos). This is a tower built some years after the church. You can visit the tower (about 6 floors) and enjoy a great/wide view from the city. It is worth to visit!
  • The 360 degree views of the city are amazing and the tower is in a very central location. Be prepared to take a bunch of stairs to the top and get a bit too close to strangers when there are people coming the opposite direction on the stairs as it’s fairly narrow. There’s not much space to move around on the top level so again, there’s some close contact with strangers. (Make sure you go all the way to the top for unrestricted views and not just the first open air platform). I visited during off peak season (and on a rainy day) and still felt it was busy so I’d recommend aiming for a less busy time of day (perhaps first thing in the morning). I’d say this place was worth the €5 entry as you see the tower, the chapel and the museum.
  • What a fantastic church my city has!!!! I would also recommend to climb this fabulous church stairs up... Fab view, fab history and obviously fantastic city of Oporto. Such a city jewel.
  • Climb the tower and you will get some fantastic views of the city. I even came back a second time to enjoy the night view.
  • Peaceful! Beautiful view from the top! Get comfortable shoes to go all the way up!
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