Monastery of Serra of Pilar
Location 41.183499 | -8.614588
Largo de Aviz, 329-4430 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Useful Information
ScheduleTuesdays to Sundays. Closing of the Monastery: Closed on holidays and on the 2nd weekend of each month. October to March: 10h00 to 17h30

April to September: 10h00 to 18h30
Last admission: 15 minutes


Monastery of Serra do Pilar, North Heritage exhibition - 2.00 (euros)

Monastery of the Serra do Pilar, exhibition Heritage to the North and "Zimbório" - 4.00 (euros)

Young Cardholders and people over 65 have a discount of 50%.
Children under 12 years do not pay.
On the 1st Sunday of each month, the reduced visit (without ascending to "Zimbório" and visit to the Church) is free.


The Monastery of Serra of Pilar was created after the reform of the Order of Augustinian, when the monks of Grijó were transferred to the new location. It begins in 1537 the construction of the new monastery, which features a plant that consists by the church, of circular plant, the main chapel, of rectangular plant, and the cloister also of circular plant, all arranged sequentially.

It is considered one of the most remarkable buildings of the European classical architecture due to the circular church and cloister. In 1809 the Monastery space was occupied by the troops of Wellington, when was planed the attack by the Portuguese army to the city of Porto, occupied by Napoleon’s troops.

During the XX century, the Monastery was object of several campaigns of conservation and restoration, and is covered by Porto’s historic centre, registered by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. Here currently runs the diffusion space "Heritage North” and is one of the best view points to the Douro River and historic areas of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.


    Free visit and guided tour, by appointment.

    Educational Services:

    The DRCN has a special time for schools to conduct visits to the Heritage North area, in the Monastery of Serra do Pilar. These visits will take place between 10:30 am and 11:30 am, Tuesday to Friday. Those interested should contact the DRCN to schedule the visit by email or phone.


    Tuesdays to Sundays. Closing of the Monastery: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th. October to March:

    10:00 to 17:30 |

    April to September:

    10h00 to 18h30

    Last admission 15 minutes before closing.


    Price: € 1 or € 3 if you include the dome climbing.

    Youth Card holders and over 65 years have 50% discount. Children under 12 years are free.