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Baroque treasures in Porto and Northern Portugal

Shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios – Lamego CC BY-NC-ND - Entidade Regional de Turismo do Douro

Baroque treasures in Porto and Northern Portugal - Baroque style, reflection of the 18th century in Portugal, have unique characteristics that distinguish them from other artistic exhibits and impress any visitor.

When you plan your visit to Porto and Northern Portugal, set aside three days to explore the treasures of this art that, in this region, are great in number and very well known. 

Begin with Porto, the city that was home to Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian painter-decorator who marked Baroque architecture in a unique and surprising manner.

Explore Sé Cathedral, with various modifications to the Baroque style, and the churches of Santa Clara, Ordem Terceira and Santo Ildefonso, gorgeous monuments, rich in 18th century gilded wood carvings and tiles.

In the lower part of the city, visit the Carmo Church, the Clérigos Tower, a masterpiece of Nicolau Nasoni himself, and go down to the shore to see the Carmo and São Francisco Churches. 

On the next day, go to Braga and visit the Palácio dos Biscainhos, Sé Cathedral, the oldest in the country, and the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte.

On the same day, head to Guimarães and admire the façade of the Churches of Nossa Senhora da Consolação and Santos Passos.

On the third day, in Vila Real, enjoy seeing the Casa de Mateus and, in Lamego, the Sé and Santuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

Take advantage of your trip by lodging in one of the manor houses or palaces in the region (see here) and sample exceptional gastronomy and unique regional wines.

At the same time, allow yourself to be enveloped in the landscapes surrounding  the cities that you are going to visit.

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