In no other city I saw as many beautiful churches as in Porto. One reason that many churches look so beautiful are the so called azulejos - colorful glazed ceramic tiles - which decorate many facades. In this blog post you will find my personal top 10 churches in Porto:
The most beautiful churches in Porto
Igreja do Carmo
Actually you see two churches here, Igreja do Carmo and Igreja das Carmeli, which were built directly next to each other. The right church Igreja do Carmo is in my opinion way more beautiful because of the blue azulejos on the right outer wall.
Igreja dos Clérigos
Not far from Igreja do Carmo is Igreja dos Clérigos. The tower of the beautiful church is 76 meters high and therefore the highest viewpoint in Porto. For 4€ you can climb the 225 steps. The viewing platform offers the best 360° view over the city. Because there is just one narrow staircase, it can be quite crowded. The viewing platform offers not very much space as well. Therefore visitors must not suffer from claustrophobia.
Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados
Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados is close to the beautiful train station São Bento. It was built in the 17th century. In contrast to the most churches the facade of this church is not only blue-white but also a bit yellow.
Sé Catedral do Porto
The cathedral Sé Catedral do Porto is the main church in Porto and one of the landmarks of the city. The great cathedral, which was built on the hill Pena Ventos, dominates decisively the cityscape of Porto. Since 1996 this building, which looks more like a castle than a church, is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso is located at the south side of the pedestrian zone Rua da Santa Catarina. It was built between 1709 and 1739. Also the facade of this church is decorated with beautiful azulejos.
Capela das Almas
Capela das Almas (chapel of souls) is located at the north side of the pedestrian zone Rua da Santa Catarina. Colorful glazed ceramic tiles in blue and white decorate the entire outer walls. The building from the 18th century is dedicated to Saint Catarina. This is why the ceramic tiles show amongst others scenes from her life.
Igreja de São Francisco
Igreja de São Francisco is located within the old town of Porto, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. The church was built in Gothic style (completion 1425) and then rebuilt in baroque style in the 17th and 18th century. Especially impressive: Inside the church approx. 400 kg gold leaf were implemented.
Igreja de São Nicolau
Opposite to Igreja de São Francisco is Igreja de São Nicolau. Therefore the church, which was built in the 18th century, also belongs to the UNESCO world heritage. When we were in Porto, unfortunately a huge scaffold stood in front of the beautiful church.
Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitória
Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitória was built between 1755 and 1769. It is located within the beautiful narrow streets of Porto. Only a few meters away is a view point, which offers a fantastic view over the city and at the cathedral Sé.
Igreja de São Pedro de Miragaia
Like many other churches in Porto Igreja de São Pedro de Miragaia has a beautiful blue facade. In former times the part of the city, in which this church is located, didn´t belong to Porto. It was an independent village called Miragaia. The church was dedicated to Saint Petrus, because he used to be a fishermen like many inhabitants of Miragaia.
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