Top ChoiceMuseum in Viseu

Museu Grão Vasco

Adjoining the cathedral, the granite Paço de Três Escalões (Palace of Three Steps) was originally built as the bishop’s palace. It's now a splendid museum showcasing an important collection of works by local-born...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Viseu

Catedral de Viseu

Viseu’s cathedral is a striking hybrid of architectural styles. Originally built in the 13th century, it now has a 17th-century Mannerist facade and a soaring 16th-century columned interior. Particularly...

Plaza in Viseu

Adro da Sé

Overlooked by a trio of impressive buildings – the Catedral, Paço de Três Escalões (home of the Museu Grão Vasco) and the Igreja da Misericórdia – the Adro da Sé is Viseu's handsome cathedral square. On its...

Park in Viseu

Parque do Fontelo

This 10-hectare haven of woodland and verdant space sprawls beyond the Portal do Fontelo. Here you'll find the 16th-century Antigo Paço Episcopal (former Bishop’s Palace), now occupied by the Welcome Center –...

Museum in Viseu

Casa da Ribeira

Housed in a smart stone house on the river Pavia, this small cultural centre focuses on the area's traditional way of life and artisanal skills. There's a display on the ground floor exhibiting various domestic...

Museum in Viseu

Museu Almeida Moreira

The 19th-century, azulejo-adorned Museu Almeida Moreira is housed in the former home of art critic and collector Francisco António Almeida Moreira, founder of the Museu Grão Vasco. It displays his eclectic...

Public Art in Viseu


The north side of Praça da República is adorned with a series of striking azulejo (hand-painted tile) panels depicting scenes from regional life. The blue, white and yellow illustrations were painted in 1931 by...

Church in Viseu

Igreja da Misericórdia

Facing the cathedral is the 1775 Igreja da Misericórdia, whose white rococo exterior contrasts markedly with its rather dull neoclassical interior. A museum and treasury display a small collection of paintings,...

Plaza in Viseu

Praça de Dom Duarte

An attractive sloping square looking up to the Passeio dos Cônegos, this was the city's principal square until the 19th century. Standing in the centre is a statue of Dom Duarte, the Portuguese monarch who was...

Church in Viseu

Igreja Dos Terceiros

At the southern end of Praça da República is the late-18th-century Igreja dos Terceiros, all heavy, gilded baroque but apart from the luminous azulejos (hand-painted tiles) portraying the life of St Francis.

Notable Building in Viseu

Casa da Rua Dom Duarte

Traversing the historic centre, Rua Dom Duarte was originally the most direct path to the hilltop citadel. The narrow lane is flanked by many beautiful, if sadly decaying, buildings, including the Casa da Rua Dom...

Gate in Viseu

Porta do Soar

The grandest route into the old town is through the Porta do Soar, a 15th-century gate set into a section of Afonso V’s town walls. Look for the shield and image of São Francisco and Santo António.

Gate in Viseu

Porta dos Cavaleiros

One of Viseu's seven medieval gates, this has a niche containing the image of São João Baptista and an 18th-century sculpture of São Francisco.

Walls in Viseu

Town Wall

North of the cathedral along Rua Silva Gaio is the longest remaining stretch of Viseu's medieval town walls.