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About Viseu


Cidade Viseu

Brief History


“Antiqua et nobilíssima”. That’s how it defines Viseu in a legendary Blazon, so old that it is impossible to count the time since its formation. Such nobility, that takes a long time to enumerate the residences of noblemen, to enumerate good people multiplied in generations of anonymous laborers of excellent service.

Viseu’s location has made it an important vantage point over the centuries and many traces of Roman occupation are still visible in the city today. The Sé Cathedral, situated at the highest point of the city, was erected in the 13th century over Roman fortress walls and Viseu’s oldest monument, the Cava do Viriato, are the remains of an old Roman fortification and watch tower. The Muralha Romana, part of the original 3rd century Roman wall protecting the city, is still standing.

Like most Portuguese medieval cities, the historical centre of Viseu is a maze of narrow, little streets, many of them lined with former noblemen’s houses, branching out from the highest point of the city, the cathedral square. Famous for its gothic chancel, the original 13th century cathedral combines various architectural styles, as additions were made over the centuries. Next to the cathedral is the Museu Grão Vasco, named after the famous 15th century Portuguese artist, who has also given his name to one of the region’s well-known wines. The museum houses many of his works, including the renowned 14 paintings of the life of Christ that once decorated the cathedral walls.

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Viseu has a central position in relation to the District and the municipality, being located in the designated "Viseu Plateau."


It is surrounded by a mountainous system constituted north of Serra do Leomil, Montemuro and Lapa, northwest of Serra do Arado, south and southwest of the “Serra da Estrela and Lousã, and Western of the Sierra that most directly influence this area, Caramulo.


The district is characterized by an irregular surface with altitudes between 400 and 700 m.

Viseu's climate is characterized by the existence of high temperature ranges, with wet winters and hot, dry summers.



Meeting places in Viseu


» Sé Catedral de Viseu

» Igreja da Misericórdia

» Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

» Termas de São Pedro do Sul

» Reserva Botânica de Cambarinho

» Museu Grão Vasco

» Museu do Caramulo

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