Clérigos Church

Tel: +351 22 014 5489

Address: R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto, Portugal

If friends who visit Porto and send you a postcard, you will most probably see an ancient tower on it. That is the tall bell tower of the Clérigos Church, which can be clearly seen from nearly everywhere in the city. When you are lost in the old town’s labyrinth of lanes and streets, the bell tower can be your pole star.

Built in the 18th century, the Clérigos Church was the first Baroque church in Portugal, and regarded as the quintessence of churches erected afterwards. The bell tower that tops it, which is six-storey tall, stands out from various historical buildings for its delicate carvings and exquisite patterns. It is also an excellent observation deck of the city. The church’s main façade is decorated with elaborate baroque motifs, such as garlands and shells. When walking up the stairs at the main entrance and getting into the majestic nave, you will see the sunlight passing through the church windows and sprinkling on the stone reliefs as if they were gilded. The golden ornamentation above the altar exudes a formidably solemn aura. How extraordinary the architectural beauty of the church is!