Clérigos Tower is an ancient church of the Clerics Brotherhood in Porto. The project was created in the 18th century by Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, who fall in love with the city so much that he decided to stay there forever. Make sure to book a free walking tour with us to get all the information about the Clérigos Tower.
The architect’s burial site is near the elaborate double bolster stairs, situated in a small chapel behind the individual gateway. At that time, it stood as the tallest bell tower in Portugal, boasting a height of 75.6 meters.
The Clérigos Tower had multiple functions. It served as a meridian clock, signaling noon to the citizens with a mortar fire. Additionally, it acted as a guide for boats navigating the Douro River. Consequently, today, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city from the tower’s observation deck.
The stairway is relatively short, with divisions on different exhibition levels. Therefore, it’s certainly worth a visit, even if you’ve already explored the city’s hills.
In 1917, two Spanish acrobats boldly accepted a challenge and scaled the tower’s facade without any equipment. Rumor has it; this stunt was a promotional effort for the biscuits people enjoyed after reaching the summit. Regardless, the baroque facade’s carvings greatly assisted them, with the spires and domes of ecclesiastical institutions providing a picturesque backdrop.
Every year (December – January) Spiritus Videomapping Show Takes place here. Don’t miss an opportunity to discover the power of digital beauty and architecture in one bottle together.
Tips: Free entrance for clergy and scouts. After 7 PM exhibition is not available, ticket price is 5€.