The Clérigos Tower is one of the main ex-libris of the city of Porto, an architectural landmark that marks the landscape of the city. Exaggerating a bit, we could even say that the Clérigos Tower is to Porto as well as the Eiffel tower is to Paris or the Pisa Tower is to Pisa.
Classified as a National Monument since 1910, the tower is part of the Church of clerics and is located right in the centre of the city of Porto, which makes it a mandatory visit to all who visit the city.
Built in the 18th century, more specifically between 1754 and 1763, this bell tower was a project of the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, an order for the Brotherhood of the Poor Clerics. Second is known, Nasoni was only remunerated for their work many years later, having worked for the construction of the tower for free. In addition to the church and its tower, the complex of the brotherhood also included an infirmary. The initial project also included a second tower, but this was never built.
The Clérigos Tower is an example of baroque architecture, with its many statues of saints, prominent cornices and balustrades. Built in granite and marble, has six floors, which correspond to approximately 75 meters in height, accessible by a spiral staircase with 240 steps. It was during many years the tallest building in Portugal. The Clérigos Tower, as well as their church, is open to the public and allows visits, including during night-time.
- Location: Rua de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto Portugal.
- Opening hours: Visit Tower + Exposition + Christus Collection - Every day from 09h00 to 19h00 (Exceptions: 24/dez and 31/dez - 09h00 to 14h00; 25/dez and 01/jan- 11h00 to 19h00).
Clérigos After Hours - Tower visit Dez: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from 19h00 to 23h00 and Jan: 2, 3, 8, 9 from 19h00 to 23h00.
- Prices: 3,00€ - Adult; Children (<= 10 years) - free. Clérigos after hours - 5,00€ per person.
- How to get there: 5 min. walk from Aliados Avenue.
You can go up the tower of 75 meters and observe the city from a unique perspective.
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Accommodation Suggestions (near this site):
Hotel Internacional Porto ★★★
One of the more preferred options at Porto. The Hotel Internacional Porto it is in a nineteenth century building in the historic center of Porto and has a traditional Portuguese décor and an award-winning restaurant serving local cuisine. The winery has a cozy bar. Rooms at the Hotel Internacional Porto have floor to ceiling windows.