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December 12, 2004
This tower will be good for either, though it lacks any signposts at the top to assist in what you’re looking at (or looking for). The entrance is slightly tricky to find and you have to approach either through the church itself (of which more below) or by going up the steps to the tower and, turning to the left, following the wall to the (unsigned) entrance door. Pay your 1.50€ fee and brace yourself for the 225 steps – good news is that there are stopping points as you climb (and you can credibly claim to be taking a photo through the slits in the walls); bad news is that the same set of steps take you up as well as down and it’s a narrow squeeze to pass at some points, so it may be worthwhile letting people finish if you can hear them approaching to pass.
You can see for yourself the views, which I snapped. Here’s some history... The church was built between 1731 and 1749, the tower was added between 1754 and 1763 (and was at the time the tallest tower in Portugal – 6 floors and 76m tall). The clerigos were the local clergymen, both fully blown and those who preparing for priesthood. Both the church and tower are the work of a Tuscan painter/architect called Nicola Nasoni – apparently he did all of the works for free and was declared a lay brother of the priesthood after 30 years in recognition of his otherwise unrecognised work.
The church itself is a pleasant place to rest up after the exertions of your climb, but frankly, no great shakes – nice carved organ, jacaranda choir-stalls, and some attractive marble.
The tower and church are open from 10 to noon (closing bang on, so you’re warned not to dally up at the top) and then from 3 to 5.30pm.
From journal Tawny or ruby? More than just port in Porto
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 25, 2001
The walk back down can be a bit tricky because it takes awhile for your eyes to adjust from the bright sunlight to the dark stairways and it can be easy to miss a step - a scary prospect if you're looking at 200+ steps below.
A thick curtain separates the Tower from the Church. The high dome of the Church has been reinforced with steel bars to minimize damage in the event of an earthquake. The Church interior is done in pink and gold and the altar is carved from marble. It's very peaceful and a good place to catch your breath after the Tower climb.
Postcards are available for purchase at the Tower entrance. Admission is 200$ although there is no charge to enter the Church. The Tower is open daily (except Wednesday) from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From journal Don't Overlook Porto
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
December 13, 2000
From journal It isn't just wine!