The last capital
At last… I visited Viseu!
The only capital of district for long skipped.
It was a short visit, but justifying a few tips that you may read here.
And… maybe I will return, sooner than expected!
Soar or St Francisco door
The medieval walls of the city are gone, but one of its doors still remains.
It has the kingdom arms in the top, and a niche with a saint.
Major Teles square
This small square, in the centre of the city, is a small gardened area, dominated by a discreet but beautiful statue by José de Oliveira Ferreira, dedicated to all mothers.
Grão Vasco Museum
Vasco Fernandes, who lived in the end of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th, and supposedly was born in Viseu, is one of the top Portuguese painters of his epoch.
His masterpiece is a portrait of St Peter, famous for its symmetric conception.No surprise that the main museum in town, close to the cathedral, and showing his work and more, took his name – Grão means… great.
Almost as old as Portugal, this cathedral suffered many modifications, since the initial construction, in the 12th century, under our first king – Afonso Henriques.
The initial Gothic is still present, together with the successive adding covering the evolution of styles – Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque.
Built in 1755, this church is somewhat unbalanced, with a extended facade in Rococo style, and two towers not well integrated.
It has three Neo-classic altarpieces and some sculptures and paintings.
D. Duarte square
My favorite place in Viseu is this square, with the statue of king Duarte backed by the cathedral, and surrounded by old houses with traditional wrought-iron balconies.
This church, inaugurated in 1738, was the result of divergences among Franciscan monks, leading to a new order – Carmo.
It is a very nice church, with a rich interior – gilded altars, painted ceilings and Rococo tiles are the highlights.
Terceiros de s. Francisco
Close to the city’s main square there’s a very harmonious church, enhanced by its location atop a staircase, built in the 18th century, by a disciple of Nasoni.
It has also a nice interior, with a small museum.
Santa Cristina square
Dominated by Carmo church, this wide and irregular square is composed by several other interesting elements :
– A pillory from 1563
– The fountain of Sainte Cristhine
– A remain of the old walls
– The “Conciliar” seminary
- The yellow house