Serra do Pilar Monastery

Porto, Portugal

The Monastery of Serra do Pilar has been a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site since 1996 and provides an unequalled view of the city of Porto. Its construction began in 1538 and it was completed in 1670. It housed the Augustinian Friars of the Monastery of Grijo until it became occupied by the Liberal army during the Civil War of 1832-1834, during which it was damaged. The Royal Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, established in 1834 and, later, the Group of Friends of the Monastery of Serra do Pilar, created in 1925, helped save the monastery.

The church with its circular floor plan is unique in Portugal, as is the Cloister, which is also circular and is lined with 36 Ionic columns. It currently houses North Heritage. In the cloister, note the statue of D. Afonso Henriques, by Soares dos Reis, which is the plaster version of the one in bronze at the Guimarães Castle. It is worth taking the guided tour which includes a climb to the dome. It's a 100 steps to the circular terrace that surrounds the dome of the church, but the panoramic view over Porto is spectacular.

Serro de Pilar is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar.

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Largo Aviz, Porto, Portugal
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Founded: 1538
Category: Religious sites in Portugal

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www.helloguideoporto.com

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Jules C. (16 months ago)
Beautiful views of Porto from the other side of the Douro river. A beautiful insight on the port and the old city.
Rob MacMillan (17 months ago)
A great (also free!) Viewpoint facing towards Porto.
Rudi de Sa (17 months ago)
Excellent view point.....take a beaggute cheese and cold meats with a bottle of red and enjoy either sunset or take a coffee flask and jacket and enjoy the sunrise
Alexander (18 months ago)
Great location with a beautiful view! The convent itself is unfortunately not in a very good shape. Seems that only few people are coming in. Hence, no money for maintenance. Would be a pretty cool location for some kind of mystery church crime movie lie "The Da Vinci Code".
Nickolas Billis (19 months ago)
An incredible historical monastery that is now owned by the Portuguese army. You can see the monastery in paintings of the past including the famous painting with the French invasion at the old bridge. Great views from the monastery looking over Porto
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