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Review of Igreja do Carmo

Igreja do Carmo
Ranked #14 of 229 things to do in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Church of Our Lady of Carmo, a national heritage, is of the baroque-rococo style (architect José de Figueiredo Seixas with influence from Nicolau Nasoni); was ordered built by carmelite laymen: the third religious order of Our Lady of Carmo – the patroness of the Order (celebrated July 16th), thus the name Church of Carmo. Francis of Assisi founded the original third religious order (Franciscan) and was followed by dominicans, augustinians and carmelites who founded their own. Third religious orders extended to laymen the same spiritual previlages of the first religious orders. The Third Religious Order of Our lady of Carmo in Oporto was founded in 1736. The church is dedicated to Saint Anne (celebrated 26th July), mother of Mary, and opened for worship on the 24th July 1768. This is a sister church to all other churches particularly to the church next to us, the Carmelite Church, so called because it belonged to the Carmelite Fathers .
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

2 churches separated by a tiny house; the one on the left is free.
If you're religious , and particularly catholic, you'll probably like this despite the dark,heavy atmosphere.
If you're cynical you may find it a heavily gilted dolls' house.
Wonderful tiles outside though.

Thank william m
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

The outside walls of the church are covered with amazing azulejos and it's separated of an other church only by a tiny house- that you can visit for a 2€ fee that also include the catacumbs and the sacristy. We visited both churches (free) and the house. The churches were very baroque, all into the excessiveness of the style (a lot of gold, dramatic expressions of the Christ etc). The additional visit wasn't much more: you can visit the house but it's short and there's no explanation, the sacristy is nothing special at all, but my biggest disapointment was the catacumbs: you go down a stair, there's a room with a collection of silver catholic objects that you can't even enter and THE END- I don't even know why they call it catacumbs...Not worth it at all.

2  Thank Marie T
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Igreja do Carmo is located on the square at Rua Carmo and easily be mixed together with the adjacent Igreja dos Carmelitas as one. The former one has been built on the second half of 17th century and be of baroque style, particularly stunning on the gilt-carved pulpits and alters. Igreja do Carmo has been built for the monks and was purposely separated from the neighbouring church which belonged to the nuns. Nice to learn the historical stories behind the scene.

1  Thank YTCHENG
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Next to the Igreja dos Carmelitas is the Igreja do Carmo. Built for the monks in the 18th century a small, narrow house separates the Igreja dos Carmelitas from this church to prevent the walls of the two churches from touching because the nuns and monks, men and women, were forbidden to interact. The churches alter was adorned in gold leaf, and the many statues were also decorated with gold leaf. Highly recommend this church.

Thank d28drk
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Porto has a lot of Churches, this one is fully loaded with Golden Barock Altars. U cannot switch on real Candles (only electric) and the smell is moody too (not unusually in Churches).
Worth to visit, but not great like Spain or Italian Churches & Cathedrals.

Thank Daniel F
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