Viseu is both a city (capital of the District of Viseu) and a municipality in the Dao-Lafoes subregion of Centro Region, Portugal. The city name goes back to the end of the Roman Empire and the early Middle Ages where its name is derived from the Roman term viso, which means a good view. This was in accordance with the place where the original settlement was formed in Roman times, that was its highest point.


Viseu has a statue of Viriathus, the Lusitanian’s leader who fought the invading Romans for the freedom of Lusitania, made by the sculptor Mariano Benliure.

The city is rich in churches, convents and chapels. In addition to the cathedral there are six major churches, four chapels, two convents, and the bishop’s palace. There is also a sacred art museum in the cathedral.