Vila Nova de Gaia

Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar

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The Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar was created after the reform of the Order of Augustinians, when the monks of the monastery of Grijó were moved to the new location. The construction of this new monastery began in 1537 and its plan is composed by the church, of circular plan, the chancel, of rectangular plan, and the cloister, also of circular plan, all arranged sequentially. It is considered one of the most notable buildings in classical European architecture due to the circular church and cloister. In 1809 the space of the monastery was occupied by Wellington's troops when the attack of the Portuguese army to the city of Porto, then occupied by Napoleon's troops, was being planned. During the 20th century, the monastery was subject to several conservation and restoration works. The place is included in the Historic Center of Porto, and inscribed by Unesco in the World Heritage List. The "Northern Heritage" publicizing space currently operates here, and this is one of the best viewpoints over the Douro River and the historic areas of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia

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November to March - Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am-5.30pm
April to October: 10 am - 6:30 pm


2 € (Serra do Pilar Monastery, exhibition "Heritage to the North")

€ 4 (Serra do Pilar Monastery, exhibition "Heritage in the North" and Zimbório)


Phone: 351 220 142 425

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