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Vitória and S. Nicolau: two parishes in Oporto’s historical centre

 

 

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Upon booking a tour, a guide will be available to provide an explanatory visit to each Church or Chapel and its various interior spaces that are only accessible by appointment.

 

Email for booking: ccr@upt.pt

Phone: +351 225572634

Webpage: www.uportu.pt

Price: 5 € per person

The raised amount will be allocated to the churches restoration

 

When you see this symbol,              please don’t visit the church while it remains at the entrance. We will appreciate.

 

Estimated time to the walking tour: 3h.

The Church, through its diocese, has played a fundamental role in Oporto's history. Since the medieval period, they have lived side by side. With diverging objectives about Oporto’s future, bishops and merchants had different views about the government of the city and its predominant activities.  

The ancient city was born at “Morro da Sé”, a high point overlooking the mouth of the river. In the IX and X century, the nearby harbour watched over the Muslim lands located south of the city, that were a continuous threat. In the XI and XII centuries, with the removal of the southern Muslim danger, the city began growing and expanding toward the river, where commercial and economic activities were developed.

With the river as a border, the medieval city was divided into clearly demarcated areas: the city of the merchants, who lived off the economic exploitation of the river and the possibilities provided by the Atlantic Ocean; the Cathedral, and its surroundings, in the highest part of the city; and the Jewish Quarter, closed in the “Olival”. Surrounded by “Ferdinand” Wall (XIV century), the city grew, always facing the river and extended towards the Cathedral.

It is the river that provides access to the Atlantic and was a major factor in the history of conquest and exploitation. The city of Oporto and the Atlantic created a dynamic that linked the city with the world and the newly discovered lands. Trade with Europe and the New World enriched the city and its merchants.

During the XVI and XVIII centuries, Oporto begun to construct large buildings that enhanced the city, endowing it with great architectural assets, mainly religious, that nowadays are still landmarks of Oporto for their grandeur and heritage.

This religious heritage is immense and the works of art are of great value and quality. Prominent architects passed through here including Nasoni, Carlos Amarante, Diogo Marques, and renowned painters such as John Glama Stroberle, sculptors such as Soares dos Reis or jewellery master as Domingos Sousa Coelho and great artists of the tile as Jorge Colaço.

S. José das Taipas’ church Church of Our Lady of Victory (Nossa Senhora da Vitória) Church of S. João Novo Chapel of Senhor dos Passos St. Nicholas Church Chapel of Our Lady of Ó
         
Chapel of Lada          

      

 

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