The are a great deal of churches spread out across the city of Porto. Many have interesting stories to tell and noteworthy architectural styles. Here are a few that caught our eye.
There are two churches that were erected side by side, the Carmelitas Church with the interesting dome on top of a single bell tower (on the left in my photo), and the Carmo Church with a Baroque exterior and beautiful blue and white tiles (on the right).
Carmelitas, which was built in the 17th century, was the home of an order of Carmelite nuns. Carmo was built in the 18th century as a home for an order of monks. Between the two churches is one of the narrowest houses in the world. Local legend says that the reason the house was put there was to keep the nuns and the monks from getting too friendly with each other.
It is interesting to note that people actually lived in this very narrow house until 1980. Now the house is considered more of a curiosity and it is opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
The Parish Church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt after a fire in the mid 18th century and the facade was covered with blue and white tiles almost 100 years later in 1861.
Saint Anthony Church, which was built in the late 17th century, also has beautiful blue and white tiles. The tiles on St. Anthony's tells the story of the Saint and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
The Church of St. Francis is a large imposing Gothic structure with a beautiful rose window, twisting spiral shaped columns, and a statue of Saint Francis at the entrance.