Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo

Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo
Place: Viana do Castelo
Photo: Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo
Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo


The Misericórdia (Mercy) building and the church date from the 16th century. 

Created in 1520, the Misericórdia brotherhood developed to the extent that they decided to build the so-called “Casa das Varandas”, in the second quarter of the 16th century. This 1589 building, designed by João Lopes, o Moço (the Boy) is a singular example of Renaissance and Mannerist inspired civil architecture, with Italian and Flemish influences.

Renovation work on the church started in 1716 and were entrusted to Manuel Pinto de Vilalobos, a military engineer working in Viana. The decorative opulence displayed inside the church is in keeping with the tendency of the time. It is seen in Portuguese style gilded carving of the altarpieces, by Ambrósio Coelho, in the glazed tile coatings, the work of Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes, in the frescoes on the ceiling, by Manuel Gomes. It is unquestionably one of the finest examples of the Baroque in the whole of Portugal.


Passeio das Mordomas da Romaria
4900-532 Viana do Castelo
+351 258 822 350
+351 258 820 290

Guided Tours

November, 1st half of December, January, February, March and April:
Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

May, June, July, August, September and October:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Saturday: from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Senhora da Agonia Festivities, 2nd half of December and Holy Week:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday: from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Disabled access
Accessible route to the entrance:
  • Total
Accessible entrance:
  • Partial
Accessible circulation inside:
  • Partial
Accessible areas/services:
  • Toilets
Accessible information:
  • Information panels

Guided visits, by advance booking, on weekdays between 9.00 am and 12 noon and between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. 

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