Clérigos Tower

One of the most iconic landmarks in Porto is the Clérigos Tower, a stunning 18th century Baroque tower that dominates the city skyline. Known as the Torre dos Clérigos in Portuguese, this is a monument that has stood the test of time, surviving wars, earthquakes, and fires.

Visitors can climb the 240 steps to the top, where they will enjoy panoramic views of the city of Porto. However, the Clérigos Tower is more than just a tourist attraction, it symbolizes Porto’s rich cultural heritage. Let’s take a look at the history behind the Clérigos Tower, its construction, and what you can expect when visiting.

History

Built in the 18th century by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, the Clérigos Tower represents centuries of history of the city of Porto. The tower was commissioned by the Brotherhood of the Clérigos, a group of priests who wanted to build a grand monument that would serve as a symbol of their religious devotion.

It took almost 20 years to complete the tower, which stands at 76 meters tall and has six floors. The tower was used as a bell tower, and its bells would signal the time to the city. It also served as a lookout post for fires, as well as a weather station, where meteorological observations were taken.

During the Napoleonic Wars, the tower was used as a military observation post, and it was damaged by French troops. In the 20th century, the tower underwent a series of renovations to repair the damage caused by time and neglect.

Architecture

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture with intricate details, the tower’s architecture is impressive. Designed by architect Nicolau Nasoni, the tower’s unique octagonal shape and granite construction makes it standout.

The façade of the tower is decorated with statues of saints and allegorical figures and the entrance to the tower is marked by a beautifully carved stone arch that leads to a spacious hall.

Inside, there’s a small museum that displays artifacts related to the history and construction of the tower. While you climb up the tower through the stairs, you will see the tower’s intricate design up close. The tower’s windows and balconies offer glimpses of the city below, and you can see the tower’s impressive decorations, including its beautiful lantern.

Visiting Times & Tickets

The Clérigos Tower is open every day from 9 am to 7 pm except on December 24, 25, and 31, as well as January 1. At times, it is open until later with a night ticket.

Day Tickets

Between 9 am and 7 pm, standard tickets cost 8 euros. However, if you want a guided tour to the church, tower, and Clérigos Museum, tickets cost 9,50 euros.

Night Tickets

When the tower is open at night, between 7 and 11 pm, standard tickets cost 5 euros. 

Children up to 10 years old have free access. 

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