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    Museu do Mar/Maritime Museum

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 9, 2014

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    This museum is situated in the building of former Royal Customs and dedicated to the sailors and shipbuilders of Vila do Conde. In the fifteenth century Vila do Conde became important center of sea trade and King João II by the letter dated 27th February 1487 established the Royal Customs there. You can also visit the replica of typical Portuguese ship of end of XV, beginning of XVI centuries and feel the spirit of first Discoverers. That ship “Quenhintista” was build here in Vila do Conde according to medieval drafts and technologies. Hundreds of such ships were built here during the rule of King Manuel I.

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    Aqueduct of Vila do Conde

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 5, 2013

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    Originally formed by 999 arches, with about 4 km, it is the second longest aqueduct in Portugal. The artificial canal was built between 1705 and 1714 from the Santa Clara Convent to the east (Terroso, Póvoa de Varzim), with the aim of bringing water to the monastery fountain, through its arches.

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    Nossa Senhora do Socorro Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 5, 2013

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    This is neither mosque nor synagogue located in a massive rock overlooking the River Ave, this is the Roman Cotholic Nossa Senhora do Socorro Chapel and it presents a peculiar architecture, with a square plan, covered by a dome. Interior decoration consists of beautiful, eighteenth century tiles, representing the life of Christ and rococo style paintings.
    It was built by Gaspar Manuel, a knight of the Order of Christ who traveled much to India, China and Japan and his wife Barbara Ferreira de Almeida. They both are buried there.

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    Forte de São João Baptista

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 18, 2013

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    The Fort of Saint John the Baptist is situated outside the heart of town, in the seashore beach area and entertainment zone. The fort was constructed by the mid of XVII-th century to defend the harbor at the mouth of river Ave. It has polygonal plan with 5 bastions at its corners protected by watchtowers. The structure was declared Property of Public Interest in 1963. This is the very romantic place to have a walk after the late supper in the seashore restaurant.
    There is also hotel and restaurant in the fortress.

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    Igreja Matriz. Interior.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jun 19, 2013

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    Although construction of the church started yet in 1496 but only the passage of King Manuel through Vila do Conde during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1502 helped to develop some important infrastructures in the city and Igreja Matriz or Church of our Lady was among them. King Manuel introduced special tax to get the money and finance the construction. Church was constructed in typical late Gothic style with the Manueline elements of main portal Church was built as the Latin cross in plan with three naves, transept (with two chapels) and protruding head. Manueline portal as built by the João de Castilho (John the Castilian). Bell tower was built half of century later in 1573 by João Lopes, the elder. Church is the National monument since 1910.
    Unfortunately you will no see there Gothic or Manueline interiors. All altars are baroque.
    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial pictures without flash light and tripod. Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Igreja Matriz

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 18, 2013

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    Although construction of the church started yet in 1496 but only the passage of King Manuel through Vila do Conde during his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1502 helped to develop some important infrastructures in the city and Igreja Matriz or Church of our Lady is among them. King Manuel introduced special tax to get the money and finance the construction. Church was constructed in typical late Gothic style with the Manueline elements of main portal Church was built as the Latin cross in plan with three naves, transept (with two chapels) and protruding head. Manueline portal as built by the João de Castilho (John the Castilian). Bell tower was built half of century later in 1573 by João Lopes, the elder. Church is the National monument since 1910.
    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial pictures without flash light and tripod. Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Church of the Convent of Santa Clara

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 11, 2013

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    The church of convent of Santa Clara is the earliest religious building of the convent. That church was founded together with convent in 1318 by Infante Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins de Menezis. Architecture of the church is expressively Gothic and Manueline In plan church represents a Latin cross with a single nave and a large transept. Outside, the polygonal head and a large, radiant rosette are salient.
    Unfortunately we failed to get in the church and observe its interiors. The chapel of the founders represents special interests because there are luxurious Manuelin tombs of Infante Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins de Menezis.
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    3rd Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:30-17:00
    Sunday: 10:00 - 12:00 and 15:30 – 18:30

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    Convent of Santa Clara

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 11, 2013

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    Convent of Santa Clara was founded in 1318 by Infante Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins de Menezis. Afonso Sanches was the illegitimate son of King Dinis I. This is the reason why he and his wife were buried in the church of Santa Clara situated near the huge building of Convent. The present building of Convent itself was built in 1777 in early neoclassical style. There is the statue of Saint Clara with elephant on the top of the building.
    When the religious orders were disbanded in 1834 the convent was abandoned until early of XX century when here was created House of Detention and Correction for the juvenile perpetrators. So convent was under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Justice. There was professional school in the convent after 1944. Unfortunately after 1974 that building was abandoned and now it stands decaying. According to unconfirmed information some plans how to convert the building of that convent into modern hotel are exist.
    Convent of Santa Clara is situated on the top of the hill dominating the city of Vila do Conde so it is impossible to miss it.

    You can get it easily from Porto by metro. Take a metro train of the red line and go toward Pavoa de Varzim. Make stop at the Santa Clara Metro Station.

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    vila do conde

    by orlandom Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    This is where the 999 arcs of Vila do Conde end at the Santa Clara convente. They brought the fresh water from a fountain in Teroso that is about 6 km away. And no they don't work present day many of the arcs are broken and in some places don't exist any more. Which is a shame for such nice arcs that survived for so long.

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    Vila do conde

    by orlandom Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    In vila do conde alot of people from the caxinas ( A place in vila do conde where a big deal of fishermen live) live off the sea . fishing is there only income so if they don't go out they dont get any fish to sell in the market's or side of the street's .So many die because they go out to sea in bad weatherin in small boat's and don't come back so it is typical to see alot of old and young women all in black from the caxinas.

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    Vila do conde

    by orlandom Written Jun 27, 2005

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    The beautiful garden of Vila do Conde witch is located at the side of the bridge entrance to Vila do Conde, just below the convent of Santa Clara. On the summer months many newly weds come here to take pictures. This is where i came to take my wedding pictures

    Flower garden of vila do conde

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    Convento de Santa Clara

    by van_aeken Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Founded in the 15th century bu the infant Afonso Sanches and his wife Teresa Martins. The original gothic church still subsists, but the rest is an imposing building from the 18th century.
    The chucch has one nave with wooden ceiling, and inside there is the founder's funerary chapel, covered with a manueline vault. Built in 1526.

    Convento de Santa Clara.
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    Vila do conde

    by orlandom Written Jun 27, 2005

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    This is the castle of vila do conde it not very big compered to the outher castle in portugal but it is are pride and joy . lol :)

    John the Baptisti castle

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    Igreja Matriz / Parish Church.

    by van_aeken Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Built in the 15-16 centuries upon an older church, it was finished in 1514.
    It has three naves, with wooden ceiling, except the chapels at the head, which have manueline vaults.

    Igreja Matriz.
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