Igreja do Carmo
Igreja do Carmo
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The catholic Church of Our Lady of Carmo, national heritage, is of the baroque-rococo style, belonging to carmelite laymen: the third religious order of Our Lady of Carmo (or Carmel, in english, after Our Lady of Carmel, the patroness of the Order). The Third Religious Order of Our lady of Carmo in Oporto was founded in 1736 and opened for worship on July 24 ,1768. Masses everyday by 9:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and Sunday another mass by 12:30. Rosary: 2:30 p.m. everyday. One may visit the Touristic circuit by a small fee that helps to rebuild and restore its heritage: by 3,5 euros one may visit the Hidden House (narrowest house of Oporto), church, catacombs, sacristy and three other rooms with ancient paintings and vestments, available everytime there isn't an event. To visit only the hidden house, there's a ticket which costs 2 euros. Whenever wishing just to only see the church (with no entry fee), we ask you to be a bit earlier than the time of mass, so not to interrupt the masses.
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Francisco Jose Fernandez Sanchez
Las Rozas, Spain456 contributions
Located next to the famous fountain of the lions and the University of Porto, the Church of Carmo, although not one of the oldest, is surprising for its architecture and its large mosaic of tiles.
It is linked to the Church of the Carmelites by means of a very narrow house with several floors that is worth visiting. The main façade is made of granite, but with a rich and abundant decoration of the Rococo style. It is composed of two floors and a pediment.
The large lateral façade of the Iglesia do Carmo is fully lined with a large tiled mural drawn in blue and white just like typical mosaics that can be seen in many other historic buildings in Porto.
It is worth visiting the two churches and going from one to the other through the house in between.
Written May 24, 2022
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Dear Francisco, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written June 3, 2022
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden169 contributions
This review only applies to the exteriors of the churches as they were closed when we passed by. There are two churches, Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas only separated by a very narrow house. Igreja do Carmo is the more striking of the two with its baroque/Rococo façade and religious sculptures while Igreja dos Carmelitas looks simpler with its more classical façade. Igreja do Carmo is also famous for the tiles on the side facade depicting scenes alluding to the founding of the Carmelite order and Mount Carmel. History says that it was not allowed at that time for two churches to share the same wall. Therefore, one of the narrowest houses in Portugal, Casa Escondia do Porto, was built between the churches, only 1.5 meters wide. However, it is more likely that the house was created for more technical and aesthetic reasons.
Written March 4, 2022
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Dear dennys667, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written April 6, 2022
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,004 contributions
The 2 churches are separated by a very narrow house, inhabited until the 1980's.

The house was built so that the 2 churches would not share a common wall & to prevent any relations between the nuns of Igreja dos Carmelitas & the monks of Igreja do Carmo.

You can visit the 2 churches, catacombs, the narrow house etc.

Of note is the portal behind the statue of Christ so you could kiss his foot.

Admission €3.50 pp.
Written June 14, 2022
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Dear Tigertribal, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written July 5, 2022
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TCWorcester
Worcester156 contributions
I wanted to see the narrowest house in Portugal, built between the Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas. Its entrance was through the Igreja do Carmo but, although it was mid-afternoon, the entracce was closed. The house was built because the churches were originally a monastery and a convent, and the monks and nuns were not allowed to share a wall! The house is billed as the width of a post box, but it is actually a little wider than a normal door.
Written April 5, 2022
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Dear TCWorcester, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written April 6, 2022
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Anik L
Montreal, Canada654 contributions
What looks like one enormous church is actually two separate buildings. Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas are both extravagant sights to behold. The Igreja do Carmo is the one on the right as you face them with the absolutely stunning blue and white tiled side wall (azulejo). Admission to the churches are free. Look very carefully between the two church, in the middle there is a house that’s separates the two churches, no more than a meter wide. It’s known as the hidden house. The house is so thin, it’s easy to mistake it for a wall. It was even inhabited up until the 1980's. Now, visitors can buy a ticket to peek inside this unusual building. For a nominal fee you can visit the the narrow house, the churches small catacombs, go to the portal behind the statue of Christ (in the igreja do carmo) so you could kiss his foot, see a mummified woman, etc.
It is worth your time to stop, and visit.
Written April 16, 2020
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Dear Anik L, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. I am truly glad you enjoyed the visit to our touristic circuit. We hope to reopen soon with several new things for our dear visitors. See you soon! Kind regards, Isabel Bastos (Touristic circuit coordinator)
Written April 17, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,596 contributions
When standing in front of them, if not knowing, you'd think you're looking at a single Church. However, there're two of them - one by another, a very unusual site I've never seen before.
Igreja do Carmo is the right one, on the corner, with a beautiful Azulejos side facade.
Do enter, it is free, to see the amazing gilded interior with amazing Portuguese "stairway to heaven" altar.
They also offer a tour of both churches, as well the hidden house in between them for a small fee, but we had to wait around an hour to finish the Mass which we hadn't enough time for.
Written August 5, 2022
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Dear B1714D, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written September 5, 2022
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions
Solo
There are actually two churches side by side. In between is the narrow house, the width of your a span. Rumour has it that JK Rowling also used this house for inspiration. For a nominal fee you can visit the churches catacombs narrow house etc. Of note is the portal behind the statue of Christ so you could kiss his foot.
Written January 23, 2020
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Dear Lesterbeach, Thank you for your evaluation and comment, which we highly appreciate and helps us to know what can we improve. We are working in new spaces, so be sure to stop by once again if you ever can. Kind regards, Isabel Bastos Coordinator of the Touristic Circuit.
Written February 6, 2020
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China593 contributions
As we walked through the area we we attracted by the tiled walls outside and decided to step inside.

The church itself isn't that big or grand but they then take you on a tour (well you follow the signs) through rooms adjoining the church. The first few weren't that impressive but as you go deeper into the church the rooms and their contents get more interesting.
Written June 27, 2022
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Dear Martin, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Frederico Marchand (Touristic Circuit's coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks: Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written July 5, 2022
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
Another must-see when visiting Porto. It stands at the corner of Praca de Carlos Alberto and Rua do Carmo. Adhered to the Carmelite Church, it is recognizable for its side facade covered with a panel of tiles. This panel of tiles was created by the artist Silvestri. The church was built between 1756 and 1768 by Jose de Figueiredo Seixas. You can also go inside, admission is free. The interior is also captivating. There is another church, Igreja dos Carmelitas, next to this church, separated by a narrow house. There is a small, beautiful square with a fountain in front of the churches. This beautiful place is worth visiting.
Written April 22, 2021
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Dear Margo7850p, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come by in a next opportunity, we are working on new things for you. Kind regards, Isabel Bastos (Touristic circuit coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks. Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written April 27, 2021
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T L
Wiesbaden, Germany255 contributions
Couples
There are two „adjoining“ churches - adjoining in quotation as theres a tiny secret house in between. One has free entry and the other one it‘s two euro for visiting the church, the secret house, the church treasury, a small section of the burial chamber and a room with little history of the Carmel hospital (interesting to see the „birth chairs“. Interesting visit.
Written July 1, 2020
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Dear T L, Thank you so much for your comment and evaluation. We are glad you enjoyed it. See you soon! Kind regards, Isabel Bastos (Touristic circuit coordinator) Share your pictures and insights with us. Follow us and rate us in our social networks. Facebook: @TourCarmoPorto Instagram: ordemdocarmoporto tripadvisor: Igreja do Carmo (Porto)
Written July 9, 2020
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