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Hi my dear TE friends

Another picture of my last trip to Porto (Oporto), in the Christmas vacations.

I took some Porto pictures from this point in the Vila Nova de Gaia city.

We are close to Monastery of the Pilar Hill, and this is the Church of the Monastery.

I dedicate this photograph to our TE friend Adores, a specialist in Chapels and Churches

You can see a different view in the WS picture

Enjoy it !


Part of the area classified by UNESCO as World Heritage in December 1996, the Monastery of Serra do Pilar is the architectural landmark of Gaia. ...

The bustling suburb of Vila Nova da Gaia lies opposite Oporto on the steep south bank of the mighty River Douro.
Sitting on top of a pre-Roman fortified hamlet, it was given town status in 1255 by King Afonso III and then bequeathed to the aristocracy in order to counteract the power of the bishops of neighbouring Oporto, who were charging unreasonably high shipping tolls at the time.
Gaia today is dominated by the Port wine lodges, with over fifty wine companies based in its narrow, twisting streets. Here, the ageing and blending of most of the world's supply of Port wine takes place beneath a sea of red roofs emblazoned with some of the most famous names in winemaking.
What to see. The 16th-century monastery church of Serra do Pilar features unusual circular cloisters and panoramic views of Oporto and the River Douro. From the church's terrace, the future Duke of Wellington planned his surprise attack on the French in 1809.
A tour of the cellars is a must for any visitor to Vila Nova da Gaia, followed by a wine-tasting. One of the best-organised lodges is Sandeman, founded in 1790 and housed in a former 16th-century convent with a small museum. Taylor's, one of the last privately-owned English wine companies, offers a lively, informative tour of the premises and impressive views from its spacious outdoor terrace.

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Inserido na rea classificada em Dezembro de 1996 como Patrimnio Mundial da UNESCO, o Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, ex-libris de Gaia, preserva a interessante igreja e o claustro, de planta circular, exemplar nico em Portugal.

A Igreja, caracterizada pela sua forma circular, uma rplica da Igreja de Santa Maria Redonda, em Roma, e coberta por uma abbada hemisfrica. Foi construda em 1538 pelos mestres Diogo de Castilho e Joo de Ruo para os Cnegos Regrantes de Santo Agostinho. Levou 72 anos a concluir, devido falta de verba dos cnegos e situao poltica da altura - o reino de Portugal tinha sido tomado pela vizinha Espanha, tendo mesmo este local adoptado o nome de uma santa espanhola, a Nossa Senhora do Pilar.

Em 1832, durante o Cerco do Porto, foi reconhecido o valor militar do local e o convento foi transformado em fortaleza improvisada. No incio do sculo XX, tornou-se Quartel das Tropas, estando actualmente sob a alada do Regimento de Artilharia da Serra do Pilar.

No interior, so de salientar alguns retbulos de talha dourada, com colunas salomnicas, e as esculturas de madeira policromada, setecentistas, figurando Santa Eullia, Santa Apolnia e Santo Agostinho.

O Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, em Gaia, comeou a ser edificado em 1538, sob a direco de Diogo de Castilho e Joo de Ruo. As obras s terminaram por volta de 1670, com a concluso da igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar.

Durante as invases francesas o mosteiro ficou muito danificado, a constituio da Real Irmandade de Nossa Senhora da Glria do Pilar, no reinado de D. Maria II, permitiu a recuperao do monumento.

A Igreja de planta circular, tem a abbada rodeada por um varandim, o claustro tambm circular, com 36 colunas jnicas, nico exemplar em Portugal.

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