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Igreja do Carmo, Porto

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
Explore the Gothic ruins and archeological museum at Igreja do Carmo, a medieval convent toppled by the 1755 earthquake. While the roof collapsed, the walls and the arches still stand, leaving the skeleton of the building for visitors to explore. The church now houses the Carmo Archeological Museum, where you can see 14th-century tombs, fountains, windows, sepulchral monuments, and other artifacts from Portuguese history. Also look out for the mummies from ancient South America. Plan to visit Igreja do Carmo during your Porto vacation using our convenient Porto family vacation planner.
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  • We visited this as ourvery first "attraction" in Porto, along with the next door Carmelitas Church and the little narrow "house" in the middle. The whole thing is a must see because the tiled wall on ...  read more »
  • Well in the style of Portuguese churches, as we have in Brazilian historical cities, by Portuguese heritage,
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  • The architecture is beautiful and imposing. Inside is very nice, full of details. You must meet her.
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  • The church's lateral side is covered with beautifully painted tiles and the inside of the church is one of the most ornate I have come across (along with its sister Igreja Carmelitas).
  • Igreja muito bonita encostada a outra!
  • A Igreja do Carmo ou Igreja da Venerável Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, localiza-se no cruzamento entre a Praça de Carlos Alberto e a Rua do Carmo, nas proximidades da Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos, na freguesia portuguesa da Vitória, cidade do Porto. De estilo barroco/rococó, foi construída na segunda metade do século XVIII, entre 1756 e 1768, pela Ordem Terceira do Carmo, sendo o projecto do arquitecto José Figueiredo Seixas. A construção do hospital começou mais tarde, ficando concluído em 1801. Esta igreja está geminada com a Igreja dos Carmelitas, do lado oeste, constituindo um volume único, embora se diferenciem as duas igrejas. Foi classificada como Monumento Nacional a 3 de Maio de 2013, em conjunto com a Igreja dos Carmelitas adjacente. ____ The Carmo Church was built in the 18th century. Architecturally speaking, it is an expression of the Baroque style. The inside is pegged out by seven altars, works of Francisco Pereira Campanha, and the exterior is decorated with ceramic tiles brightening with their specific hues (white and blue) the architectural complex. The monastery was built in order to be populated monks. The two churches are separated by the world’s narrowest house, a house which amounts to no more than one meter in width. It used to be inhabited until the 1980s. The reason of placing a house between the two religious edifices was to make sure there was no communication of the worldly kind between the nuns of the Carmelite Church and the monks at the Carmo Church, as well as the fact a certain unwritten law stated that no two churches should share a wall in common. What is noteworthy about these churches is, despite the fact they stand as two different religious edifices, they form, as it were, an apparently single architectural structure. Their story goes as follows: the Carmelite Church was built in the 17th century, and, as the name suggests, it was populated by the Carmelite order of nuns. It is a rather sober edifice, at least on the outside, featuring a plain facade and a bell tower. On the inside it is lushly decorated. This is, indeed, a curious structure with interesting historical references related to it.
  • Magnificent façade in "azulej"
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  • The beautiful Cathedral. The Museum is closed Sundays, sadly
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