Torre dos Clerigos, Porto

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    The Clerigos tower.
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    View from Clérigos Tower
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    View from Clérigos Tower
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    Clerigos Tower

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Porto- Portugal

    This Baroque tower built in the 18th century by Nicolau Nasoni is, maybe, the most famous building of Porto.

    Centrally located, it's easy to reach and quick to see, being almost impossible to stroll in historic Porto without stumbling on it, and if you have the guts to climb its 240 steps, the views are rewarding.

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    Torre dos Clerigos

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Torre dos Clerigos, Porto

    I always like to start my visit to a city by getting an overview of the place from some vantage point, and there is nothing better for this in central Porto than the Torre do Clerigos. This tower is over 75 meters tall, and was the highest building in Portugal when it was built in 1763. Its height coupled with its location high on the hillside above the river makes for sensational views of the city, especially the red roofed building tumbling down past the Cathedral to the river Douro.

    The fantastic Baroque architecture, and the way it looms over the city skyline from everywhere you look, make this an unmissable landmark for the city. The best place to see it, in my opinion, is from the Cathedral grounds at sunset. Here you can see the sun falling behind the tower into a peach coloured haze on the horizon. Unforgettable. If only I'd had my camera.

    It costs just one euro to climb up the steps to the top of the tower, paying a grumpy clerk at the door. You access it from the same place as the attached Igreja dos Clerigos (Church), taking a right for the tower and a left for the church.

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    The Clerigos tower.

    by cachaseiro Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    The Clerigos tower.

    The Clerigos tower is the landmark of Porto and is sitting right on top of town.
    It´s a chuch tower but it is huge compared to the church which is quite ordinary sized.
    It was created in the 18th century by the italian architect Nasoni who is also buried in the ajoining church.

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    Clérigos: Church and Tower

    by jorgec25 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    The Clérigos Tower is a masterpiece of baroque, and provides some great views of the city and the river Douro. If you suffer from vertigo watch out, because the balcony is not closed, even though the walls reach up to your chest.

    The church is also nice, and you can visit both at the same time. The church is free, but you must pay a fee (€ 2) to climb the tower.

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    Torre dos Clerigos

    by suvanki Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    This imposing tower was at one time the tallest structure in Portugal, when it was designed in 1763 by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni.

    The 75.6 metres high tower was built by master stonemasons Antonio Pereira and iguel Francisco da Silva

    I'm afraid that it was closed at the time of my visit, I would have liked to return for a view from the top, but sadly, It was my last afternoon in Porto. So after viewing the Tower from below, I wandered along a bit further, noting that this area contains the older sections of Portos' University, the Jardim da Cordoaria, and some interesting residential housing and narrow streets

    Open Winter 10.00 - 1300 and 1400 - 1700 (last admissions 30 minutes before closing times)

    Summer 0930 - 1300 and 14.30 - 1900 (last admissions 12.30 and 1815)

    Admission 2 Euros

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    Climb the tower Igreja dos Clerigos

    by vichatherly Written Jul 16, 2006

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    By climbing up to the top of the Tower Igreja dos Clerigos you give yourself brilliant views of the coty of Porto. A nice climb of 200 steps to the top of the tower

    "This architectonic whole was built between 1732 and 1763, by initiative of the Poor Clergymen Brotherhood. The plan was ordered to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. The church’s façade is profusely decorated with baroque elements and the interior has rich wood engravings. The tower is regarded as one of Nasoni’s masterpieces thanks to its harmonious proportions and to its decorative richness, and it became one of Porto’s ex libris."

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    Best views of Porto!

    by Durfun Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Climb up the 240 steps of Torre dos Clerigos. At the top, where the bells are, you can walk around for 360 degree views over Porto.

    You can see all the old warehouses for storing Port wines, located in Vila Nova de Gaia across the river Douro.

    This and the adjoining oval-shaped Igreja dos Clerigos were designed by an Italian architect in the mid 18th century.

    The tower is 75m high, and open between 1030-1200 & 1400-1700, for a charge of 4 EUR per person.

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    Amazing view from the Clerigos Tower

    by van_aeken Written May 9, 2005

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    Panorama from the Clerigos Tower

    The 200 step climb to the top of the Tower is really rewarding. You can see most of the historical centre. On the picture you can see the cathedral (at left), the Mosteiro da serra do Pilar ("behind" the cathedral) and the church of São Lourenço dos Grilos (right). Unfortunately, the metallic bridges cannot be seen from this point.

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    Torre e Igreja dos Clérigos

    by van_aeken Written May 9, 2005

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    The Clerigos Tower

    This baroque church was build between 1732 and 1749, and the tower between 1748 and 1763. Both under the direction of the italian architect Niccola Nazzoni, known in Portugal as Nicolau Nassoni. He wanted to be buried in this church, and so was he.
    The tower is reputed to be the highest in Portugal, 76 m high. Nassoni was inspired by the gothic towers of his native land, Tuscany.
    Access to the church is free, the tower ticket is 1€.

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    Clerigos church and tower

    by Folbi Written May 6, 2005

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    Entry fee for the tower: 1 euro
    It is worth the climbing with very nice views of Porto on the top.
    It is the highest tower in Portugal with its 75.60m.
    The architect found his inspiration in the XVIII century from the towers in Tuscany.

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    Climb the Torre dos Clerigos.

    by worldkiwi Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    This ornate tower holds the status of Portugal's tallest. It is only 78m high, but is situated on a ridge and as a result commands supreme views of the city of Porto. The tower dates back to 1754.
    200$00 entry cost (2001).

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    Torre dos Clerigos

    by porteda Written Aug 17, 2004

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    View from Torre dos Clerigos

    Climb this tower to get the best view over Porto. This 75.6 met. Baroque tower is Porto's landmark. Check also the church, whose interior features very nice gilt carvings.
    Paid entrance to the tower only.

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    Torre dos Clerigos

    by agarcia Updated Aug 8, 2003

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    View from the tower

    Torre do Clerigos (Cleric's Tower) has the most spectacular views of a city which already has an abundance of breathtaking landscapes. It's just a matter of climbing its 225 steps to enjoy a view that dominates mostly all Porto, which may sound like a hell of a lot of steps... if it weren't because slopes and steps are also easily found all around Porto. Trust me, after a couple of hours climbing Ribeira streets, 225 steps are almost like a break. Almost ;-)

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    Torre dos Clérigos

    by Aurorae Written Oct 25, 2002

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    Porto by Jelena

    A lovely tower at the center of the city! It's the highest tower in Portugal, with 6 floors and 225 steps. It's 76 m high, built in 1763, under direction of Italian architect Nicolas Nazoni. There is a SPECTACULAR view from the top of the tower!

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    Clerigos Tower

    by SonOfLusus Written Feb 14, 2004

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    Porto's Clerigos Tower

    Porto's most famous landmark is the baroque Clerigos Tower. It was once the tallest structure in the country and visitors can see almost the entire city from the top.

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