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Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto)
Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto)

Museum of Our Lady of Mercy of Porto (Museu da Misericórdia do Porto)

R. das Flores 15, Porto, 4050-265

The Basics

As well as covering the history and purpose of the Misericórdia do Porto, the Museu da Misericórdia do Porto exhibits its collection of 15th- to 17th-century sacred art and portraiture. Tours typically begin on the third floor, where you find an introduction to the society and its public works, as well as portraits of its many benefactors. The second floor displays several classical paintings and sculptures, as well as gold and silver ornaments and clerical vestments.

On the first floor you’ll find the church and the museum’s masterpiece: the Renaissance painting Fons Vitae (Fountain of Life), which depicts the Portuguese king Manuel I and his family around the blood of a crucified Christ.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Museu da Misericórdia do Porto is a must-visit for art lovers and those interested in Portuguese history.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Note that wearing shorts or sleeveless tops is not allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.

  • You can leave large items in a locker at reception.

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How to Get There

The Museu da Misericórdia do Porto is located in downtown Porto, within a short strolling distance of such attractions as Clérigos Tower. The closest metro station is São Bento, a 5-minute walk away and served by line D. The metro station is connected to São Bento Railway Station, the main terminus of Porto's suburban railways lines.

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When to Get There

The museum is open every day from morning until early evening—exact times vary depending on the time of year. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. The museum is closed on December 24 and 25 and January 1.

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Museum Shop

If you’d like to learn more, you can find a large selection of books about the history and mission of the Misericórdia do Porto in the museum shop, which also sell books on art, as well as souvenirs.

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