Clergy Tower, Oporto’s proud
From the top of the lovely Clergy Tower, a symbol of Oporto, you have a magnificent view from the city as well as the Douro river up to Foz
Clergy Tower (Torre dos Clérigos), the bell tower of Igreja dos Clérigos (Clergy church), is one the most emblematic ex libris of Oporto and the highest Portuguese Tower with 75 meters high. Looking from the ground, it seems to be vigilantly watching for the city and their inhabitants.
The whole Church is an imposing example of the Baroque style, which construction began in 1732 and ended around 1749.
The project was conceived by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who is also responsible for many other monuments built during the 18th century on Oporto, namely the Misericórdia church, the Archbishop’s Palace and the side loggia of the city’s Cathedral.
The main façade of the Church, decorated with baroque motifs, is enhanced by the indented broken pediment and the magnificent divided stairway in front of it, started in 1750 and finished four years later. Inside we have an elliptic floorplan nave and the impressive altarpiece of the main chapel, made by Manuel dos Santos Porto, from polychromed marble.
The construction of the imposing Clergy Tower was ordered by dean Jerónimo de Távora e Noronha on behalf of the Irmandade dos Clérigos (Brotherhood of the Clergy). The work was once more carried out by Nasoni and lasted for nine years, from 1754 until 1763. In fact, the liaison between Nasoni and the Brotherhood was so tight that he became a member of the Order and was buried inside the Church. Some even say that he did not charged for his work.
A worthy effort
The thought of climbing 240 steeps may be discouraging I will give you that. But believe me when I say that it is a worthy effort for the view you get from the top of the Clergy Tower is absolutely incredible. From there you are able to see almost the entire city as well as Douro River up to the Foz. Therefore, take all the courage with need and go for it!