Viseu Travel Guide

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Viseu Things to Do

  • Carmo church

    This church, inaugurated in 1738 was the result of divergences among Franciscan monks, leading to a new order - Carmo. It is a very nice church, with a rich interior - gilded altars, painted ceilings and Rococo tiles are the highlights.

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  • D. Duarte square

    My favorite place in Viseu is this square, with the statue of king Duarte backed by the cathedral, and surrounded by old houses with wrought-iron balconies.

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  • Misericordia

    Built in 1755, this church is somewhat unbalanced, with a extended facade in Rococo style, and two towers not well integrated.It has three Neo-classic altarpieces and some sculptures and paintings.

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  • Cathedral

    Almost as old as Portugal, this cathedral suffered many modifications, since the initial construction, in the 12th century, under our first king - Afonso Henriques. The initial Gothic is still present, together with the sucessive adding covering the evolution of styles - Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque.

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  • Major Teles square

    This small square in the centre of the city is a small gardened area, dominated by a discreet but beautiful statue by José de Oliveira Ferreira, dedicated to all mothers.

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  • Santa Cristina square

    Dominated by Carmo church, this wide and irregular square is composed by several other interesting elements :- A pillory from 1563- The fountain of Sainte Cristhine- A remain of the old walls- The "Conciliar" seminary- The yellow house

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  • Terceiros de s. Francisco

    Close to the city's main square there's a very harmonious church, enhanced by its location atop a staircase, built in the 18th century, by a disciple of Nasoni. It has also a nice interior, with a small museum.

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  • Grão Vasco Museum

    Vasco Fernandes, who lived in the end of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th, and supposedly born in Viseu, is one of the top Portuguese painters of his epoch. His masterpiece is a portrait of St Peter, famous for its symmetric conception.No surprise that the main museum in town, close to the cathedral, and showing his work and more, took...

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  • Soar or St Francisco door

    The medieval walls of the city are gone, but a door still remains. It has the kingdom arms in the top, and a niche with a saint.

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  • Se and Ingeja da Misericordia

    For some reason we don't have a picture of this. I think it was because the light was fading and we were a bit tired after the Grao Vasco Museum. Nice to look at, the Ingreja has a Baroque facade while the Se has a more Romanesque look. Interesting to look at in the same square.

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  • Museu Grao Vasco

    A very worthwhile museum! It isn't very large, but quite charming in a small town. Open Wed through Sun 10-6pm and Tues 2-6. It features works of 'The Great Vasco', Vasco Fernandes whose paintings originally adorned the cathedral in the town. The style is referred to as Portuguese Primitives, based on the influence of Flemish painters. The...

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  • interesting buildings

    i ran out of time and wished i had got right up to the cathedral square where the most excellent buildings are supposed to be, but i did see some interesting or very nice buildings to catch pics of.

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  • roam the streets and check out the...

    I was looking for what the Rough Guide wrote as the jumble of alleys behind the cathedral still untouched by thebeautifications of the buildings around the approach to the old town from the Prac de Republica (Rossio) saying that suddenly you come acros sixteenth centurey stone mansions .I only got as far as a lovely leafy street of huge but...

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  • Igreja da Misericórdia

    A majestosa Igreja da Misericórdia, estilo " Rocaille ", cuja actual construção remonta as séc. XVII. A horizontalidade da fachada é apenas quebrada pelas duas torres sineiras.No interior, um arco cruzeiro separa a nave da capela-mor. Possui três retábulos, um principal e dois laterais, estilo Neoclássico, pintadosa branco e dourado. É notória a...

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  • Igreja de São Francisco da Ordem...

    A Igreja da Venerável Ordem Terceira de S. Francisco ergue-se no alto da escadaria granítica com imponência. É uma construção do séc. XVIII, estilo Barroco. Possui um bonito portal, em cujo centro se encontra a emblemática da Ordem.No interior possui seis retábulos, todos da mesma gramática estilistica: o Rococó. São de madeira pintada simulando...

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  • Estátua de Viriato

    "Antiqua et Nobilissima", Viseu é uma cidade milenar, onde habitaram homens da pré-história, celtas e lusitanos, romanos, suevos, godos e muçulmanos.Destes povos, destacam-se os Lusitanos, e Viriato, o pastor/guerreiro, símbolo da resistência à ocupação romana.Foram os romanos que edificaram a Cava do Viriato, uma cerca fortificada octogonal, com...

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  • The old Cathedral of Viseu

    There are two Cathedrals in Viseu. They are in front of each other. This is really beautiful from the outside.

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  • Rossio

    The center of the majority of the cities in Portugal is the Rossio, officially the Square of the Republic. In Viseu, this is and was, during centuries, the "hall of visits" of the city. The first references to the Rossio date of century XVI. Since the centuries XVIII and XIX, Rossio was changedded into the "Public Stroll" of the Viseu society....

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  • Inside it

    In The XVIIIth century the responsible of the Cathedral had surrendered to the exuberance of the Baroque Joanino and had ordered new carved gilden front for the Main Chapel, workmanship of Francisco Machado. This still is enriched by splendid chairs of black-wood color and golden chestnut, scratched out by Gapsapr Ferreira, also in baroque style....

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  • The cathedral

    The architectural base of the Cathedral retraces to centuries XIII-XIV, in Romanic-Gothic style, crawling itself construction per some centuries. The current facade, came to substitute the previous, manueline one, that was victim of weather in 1635. In maneirista style, it was built according to traced of architect of Salamanca, Joao Moreno. It is...

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  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral in Viseu has a simple, yet beautiful look on the oustide, but from the inside it is much more decorated. Definitely worth a visit.

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Viseu Restaurants

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    This wasn't the cheese i got from the shop

    by evilprebil Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Anything that translates to the 'House of Cheese' is great in my book! We didn't eat in the restaurant, but there is a quite enticing pile of cheese in the market downstairs. The restaurant apparently serves tasty traditional fare.

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Viseu Transportation

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    In main square I saw a small train, obviously for touristic purposes. I didn't use it but found that it works from May to September, with a different traject during the day and by night, at the price of 2 € during the day and half of it in the night.

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Viseu Local Customs

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    by EnzimaT Written Sep 22, 2005

    Viseu é chamada "Cidade do Verde Pinho", pois está rodeada de imensos pinheirais. A capital de distrito é tranquila, simpática e animada.
    Os visitantes podem admirar a Porta do Soar de Cima, aberta na cerca afonsina do século XV, a graciosa fachada em estilo rococó da Igreja da Misericórdia, ou a catedral do século XVII, com as suas torres gémeas.
    A encantadora cidade antiga exibe um labirinto de ruelas onde ainda se podem descobrir janelas manuelinas, velhas oficinas de latoeiros e curiosas lojinhas baixas.
    Os seus monumentos são obras de arte do maior interesse para o visitante. O Museu Grão Vasco, a Casa-Museu Almeida Moreira, a Sé Catedral, as suas variadíssimas e lindas igrejas, os seus palácios, magníficos exemplares da construção dos séculos XVI a XVIII e a Cava de Viriato, importante intricheiramento militar Romano, são visitas que se recomendam. ...

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Viseu Off The Beaten Path

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    Siera Estrela

    by Imaniac Written Oct 25, 2003

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    Get your car and drive though the mountains of the Siera Estrela. It will be a bumpy ride, but there is so much to see. It really looks beautiful. And you might even meet a sheperd like we did.

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    by evilprebil Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I'm tryingto spotlight the best wines, beer and food in each region so in the Beiras we had Dao wines. The best of these were found in Viseu and we had a cheap Dao Grao Vasco Tinto. I think it cost 2 euro a bottle.
    Dao wines are now considered to be some of Portugal's best. We didn't try the whites so much as we enjoyed the reds. The reds are of a nice fruity composition (but not sweet, I HATE that) and aren't as musky as older wines. A good all over wine.

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