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"Remarkable Hilltop Monastery"

A religious landmark known for its architectural excellence, the Monastery of Serra do Pilar traces its origins back to the 16th Century when it was built on the behest of João III. The striking complex features an impressive church bearing a circular design, reminiscent of the Santa Maria Church in Rome. Intervening political events and inadequate funds significantly delayed the construction of the monastery, which spanned over 70 years, and the venerated complex has witnessed several conflicts over the decades. Today, this UNESCO designated World Heritage Site invites visitors to tour its enduring confines and also enjoy the wonderful views of the city and river Douro from its lofty perch.
Largo Aviz, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, 4430-329
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"Remarkable Hilltop Monastery"
A religious landmark known for its architectural excellence, the Monastery of Serra do Pilar traces its origins back to the 16th Century when it was built on the behest of João III. The striking complex features an impressive church bearing a circular design, reminiscent of the Santa Maria Church in Rome. Intervening political events and inadequate funds significantly delayed the construction of the monastery, which spanned over 70 years, and the venerated complex has witnessed several conflicts over the decades. Today, this UNESCO designated World Heritage Site invites visitors to tour its enduring confines and also enjoy the wonderful views of the city and river Douro from its lofty perch.
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