From the moors to one of the first global empires, Portugal has a fascinating history spanning many centuries. Today the monuments that represent the many different periods of Portugal’s history still stand and have become popular tourist attractions. With so many places to visit, it can be difficult to decide what to see, that’s why we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 monuments of northern Portugal.
5. SANTUARIO DO BOM JESUS DO MONTE
Located in Braga, this Portuguese sanctuary is one of the most sacred sites in Europe. Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) is known for its Baroque zigzag staircase which pilgrims traditionally climb on their knees in an act of penance.
4. CASA DE MATEUS
One of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Portugal, the Casa de Mateus is a must see if you visit Vila Real. As one of the country’s most active cultural institutions, the palace hosts a great number of musical performances, literature readings, festivals, seminars and exhibitions. The gardens of Casa de Mateus are beautiful and truly awe-inspiring.
3. SANTUARIO DE SANTA LUZIA
Located on the hill of Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo you will find Santuario de Santa Luzia (Temple-Monument of Saint Lucy) which has the largest stained glass rose windows on the Iberian peninsula. Providing a 360 degree panorama of the region, the Santuario de Santa Luzia offers one of the best views in the world – definitely worth the journey to Viana do Castelo.
2. SANTUARIO DE NOSSA SENHORA DOS REMEDIOS
In Lamego, found atop the hill of St. Stephen you will encounter a beautiful Baroque staircase consisting of 686 steps leading to the magnificent monument Santuario de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies). Surrounding the church and staircase are intertwining paths that take you on a beautiful journey through the majestic and carefully tended gardens.
1. CLERIGOS CHURCH
In Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, you will find Clerigos Church built for the Brotherhood of the Clerigos (Clergy). The Torre dos Clerigos (Clerigos Tower) is known as the most distinctive landmark in Porto and can be seen from around the city. There are 240 steps to reach the top of this great structure, but it is well worth the climb.
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