This eighteenth century complex was commissioned by the Brotherhood of the Clérigos in the old town, on the “hill of the hanged men”, where the executed prisoners were buried.
Clérigos Tower (Torre dos Clérigos in Portuguese) is the tallest campanile in Portugal. It stands 249 ft (76 meters) tall and climbing its 200 steps will give you a privileged view over the city and the river.
When you climb up you’ll come across 49 bells which form a large carillon and that can give you quite a fright if you’re in the bell tower when they ring. You’ll see that the effort of climbing all those steps will have been worthwhile once you reach the top and look out from the tower’s observation deck over Porto. This is also a great place to take photos.
The Clérigos Church and its bell tower are one of the most popular visits in Porto. We recommend climbing the steep steps to get a breathtaking view over the old town and the Douro River.
Every day: 9 am – 7 pm.
Church: Free entrance.
Tower and Museum of the Brotherhood: General entrance 5€ (US$5.5)