The Clérigos Tower is possibly the best-known monument in Porto and the most visited. The views from its high tower attract visitors to this very special city.
The Clérigos Church was built in the 18th century, in a baroque style, being one of the most beautiful churches to visit in Porto. Its famous tower is 76 meters high, a great architectural work of the century in which it was built, so walls 2 meters thick had to be built.
Visible from almost anywhere in the city, climbing the Clérigos Tower is a must-do in Porto.
What to see in the Clérigos Church
It must be said that the immensity of the tower, and its views, make its visitors not focus so much on the deep beauty that this church presents inside and that should not go so unnoticed.
It was built on the so-called “Cerro de los ahorcados” since those sentenced to death were taken there to be buried after being executed. Thanks to being on that hill we can have wonderful views from it.
Behind its beautiful rococo façade there is a spectacular baroque church that you can not only admire from below but also at the beginning of the ascent to the Torre de los Clérigos.
Climbing the Clerigos Tower is not an easy task. Not only because of the queues that you can find but also because of its steep stairs, although it must be said that the ascent is not done through claustrophobic corridors as in other similar climbs. There are times when it is quite wide. The problem is that you go up from the same place that you go down and therefore you have to establish shifts that make you lose time.
But the climb is worth it. From the top you have a 360 degree view of the city of Porto. You can admire almost all the main monuments of the city and take your eyes even to the Atlantic Ocean.
Do not be scared if in the middle of the climb up its 200 steps its 49 bells begin to ring.
You can find more information on the official page of the Church of the Clerics.