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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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  • This church is an absolute Marvel, not only for its spectacular Chapel, but also by the views offered by the Tower after climbing almost 300 steps. Very recommended!
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  • Space only very beautiful and unique environment of peace. Place must go if it is port. Recent recovery.
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  • There is nothing in this church that would justify a review, except climbing the tower, so if that is your thing go for it, but there are so many other places in Porto that offer similar views for fre...  more »
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  • This Cathedral is the remnant of an evil time, when Christianity was running even more rampant than today. It displays historical accounts of brutality, gluttony, and pure Christian greed. It's worth seeing because it's like walking into the death star, or hell. It's quite and experience to walk in the same halls that hosted some of the most evil people in the world.
  • Grate Cathedral and Tower but price of 5 euros for a view is too much, especialy because first and second floor were closed for visits even tower was open. In that case they should sell tickets with reduced price. Because of that I am giving one star And to pay to visit church is hilarious - money mashine
  • Recentemente renovada
  • Designed by Tuscan architect Nicolau Nasoni, who was accepted as a lay-brother of the Brotherhood and is buried in the temple. The Church of the Clerics, including its tower, is ranked by the Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage as a National Monument since 1910.
  • The church is nice but I was disappointed when the organ concert was not preformed. They ran out of pamphlets for the church plus lacked descriptions of the works.