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 born in Viseu in 1391.

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2. Catedral de Viseu

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3. Adro da Sé

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4. Porta do Soar

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5. Igreja da Misericórdia

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6. Museu Grão Vasco

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7. Museu Almeida Moreira


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8. Azulejos

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