Porto and the North

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  • 1. Basílica de Santa Luzia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sitting high atop a wooded hill, this white granite-domed basilica is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. A funicular railway can carry you...Read More

  • 2. Bom Jesus do Monte

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Many people come to Braga specifically to see the Bom Jesus do Monte, a pilgrimage shrine atop a 1,312-foot-high, densely wooded hill 5 km ...Read More

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  • 3. Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

    Baixa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With the most striking exterior of any church in Porto, Igreja de Santo Ildefonso has a facade covered with some 11,000 blue-and-white azulejo...Read More

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  • 4. Igreja de São Francisco

    Ribeira | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    During the last days of Porto's siege by the absolutist army (the miguelistas ) in July 1842, there was gunfire by the nearby Convent of of...Read More

  • 5. Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's most famous monument is the 18th-century Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which has a marvelous granite staircase of 686...Read More

  • 6. Capela de São Frutuoso de Montélios

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 4 km (2½ miles) north of town, this chapel is one of Portugal's oldest buildings. The original structure is believed to have been constructed...Read More

  • 7. Convento de Santa Clara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This impressive structure sprawls along the north bank of the Rio Ave, the river that flows through Vila do Conde. Dom Afonso Sanches and his...Read More

  • 8. Convento de São Gonçalo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This imposing convent, built and rebuilt between the 16th and 20th centuries, sits on the north side of the Rio Tâmega. The effigy of its patron...Read More

  • 9. Igreja da Misericórdia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This late-17th-century church next door to the Torre de Menagem is lined with huge panels of blue-and-white azulejos depicting scenes from the...Read More

  • 10. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolação e Santos Passos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Portugal's prettiest baroque churches, the slim Church of Our Lady of Consolation and the Holy Steps rises up at the end of a long, elegant...Read More

  • 11. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church in the delightful square Largo da Oliveira was founded in the 10th century to commemorate one of Guimarães's most enduring legends...Read More

  • 12. Igreja de São Bento

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Outside the walls of the Citadel is this Renaissance-era church, with fine Mudejar (Moorish-style) vaulted ceiling and a gilded retable. Founded...Read More

  • 13. Igreja de São Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Old Town's streets peter out at the southern end of Guimarães in the Almeida da Liberdade, a swath of gardens whose benches and cafés are...Read More

  • 14. Igreja dos Clérigos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The finest baroque work in Vila Real, this curious fan-shape building is also called the Capela Nova (New Chapel). Its facade is dominated by...Read More

  • 15. Igreja Matriz

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With a superb late-Gothic portal, this church in the center of the city has a single solid tower with bells that gleam in the sun. Construction...Read More

  • 16. Monastery of São Martinho de Tibães

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Some 6 km (4 miles) northwest of Braga, this impressive Benedictine monastery was built in the 11th century and rebuilt at the end of the 19th...Read More

  • 17. Sé de Braga

    Museum/Gallery

    This huge cathedral was originally Romanesque but is now an impressively cohesive blend of styles. The delicate Renaissance stone tracery on...Read More

  • 18. Sé do Porto

    Baixa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally constructed in the 12th century by the parents of Dom Afonso Henriques (Portugal's first king), Porto's granite cathedral has been...Read More

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