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CLERIGOS TOWER

Overlooking the City from its Iconic Landmark

Clerigos Tower Clérigos church tower was the tallest structure in Portugal when completed in 1763 (the national record is now Lisbon's Vasco da Gama Tower), and as the main feature of the city's skyline, ships used it as a guide when coming into Cais da Ribeira.

It's a remarkable baroque landmark designed by the Italian architect Nasoni, who also designed the adjoining church. It has become a popular tourist attraction for the aerial view of the city from the top (76 meters up -- after a steep flight of 240 steps). Inside the church, the highlight is a polychromatic Baroque-Rococo marble retable.

Opposite the tower is Cordoaria Gardens and an imposing Neoclassical and Pombaline building that is the city's former prison. The ground floor houses a photography museum with both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The collection includes the works of a Scotsman named Frederick William Flower who spent much of his life in Porto in the 19th century, and who photos (many of them of Oporto) are Portugal's oldest.

From here it is possible to the monumental Santo Antonio Hospital, classified as a national monument for being a remarkable example of 18th century Neoclassical architecture.

How to Visit

Location: Rua de São Filipe de Nery
Getting there: Walk from Avenida dos Aliados
Contact: 22 200 1729

Attractions Nearby

Avenida dos Aliados
Carmo Church



PORTO ATTRACTIONS

MONUMENTS
CASA DA MUSICA
PALACIO DA BOLSA
DOM LUIS BRIDGE
SÃO BENTO STATION

MUSEUMS
SERRALVES MUSEUM
SOARES DOS REIS MUSEUM
ROMANTIC MUSEUM
TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
WORLD OF DISCOVERIES MUSEUM

MAIN STREETS, SQUARES, DISTRICTS
AVENIDA DOS ALIADOS
CAIS DA RIBEIRA
CAIS DE GAIA
RUA DE SANTA CATARINA
BATALHA SQUARE
RUA DE CEDOFEITA
FOZ DISTRICT
BOLHÃO MARKET
CRYSTAL PALACE GARDENS

CHURCHES
THE CATHEDRAL
SÃO FRANCISCO CHURCH
CARMO CHURCH
SANTA CLARA CHURCH
CLERIGOS TOWER
SANTO ILDEFONSO CHURCH
MISERICORDIA CHURCH
TRINDADE CHURCH
CAPELA DAS ALMAS


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