Igreja dos Clérigos
The Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) commissioned the construction of a church by the renowned Italian architect and painter, Nicolau Nasoni, who left an extensive legacy of work in northern Portugal during the 18th century. The church’s construction began in 1732 and was completed in 1750, while the bell tower and the monumental divided stairway in front of the church were added later in 1763.
The main façade of the church is adorned with intricate baroque motifs, such as garlands and shells, and features an indented broken pediment inspired by a 17th-century Roman scheme. The central frieze above the windows showcases symbols of worship and an incense boat, adding to the ornate design. The lateral façades reveal the almost elliptical floor plan of the church nave, showcasing the incredible craftsmanship of the era.
Overall, this stunning church is a testament to the artistic and architectural achievements of the 18th century, with Nicolau Nasoni’s masterful design standing the test of time as a beautiful and awe-inspiring structure that draws visitors from all over the world.