Renaissance-style Catholic church first built in the 1500s, now with an 18th-century baroque facade.
The Misericordia Church is located on the historic Rua das Flores in downtown Porto. The church does not stand alone but is instead sandwiched between the offices and shops that line this typical Porto street.
Originally built in the 16th century the church's facade was redesigned in the 18th century by Northern Portugal's favourite Baroque architect, the Italian Niccolò Nasoni. He was responsible for designing a number of buildings in the city including the Clerics tower and church, and the Cathedral.
Attached to the church is the Misericordia museum, which has a collection including many 15th century artworks and artifacts. Most notable of these is the somewhat macabre Renaissance Flemish painting - Fons Vitae (the Fountain of Life). This artwork depicts Portuguese king Dom Manuel I and his wife, Leonor, kneeling before a fountain of blood from the crucified Christ; it also takes in the church's azulejos clad interior.
R. das Flores 15, 4050-292 Porto, Portugal