San Vicente de Albufeira, Albufeira
This monument, in honour of the Friar Vicente de St. António, is located in the Largo Jacinto d'Ayet square. Saint Vicente was born in 1590 in the Town of Albufeira and his mother offered him to Our Lady of Orada upon his baptism. During his studies he proved to be a hard worker of acute intelligence which allowed him to leave Albufeira and continue his studies in Lisbon. He also turned out to be a talented singer, musician, instrument player and artist, he could speak the classical languages, he was a medical student and also a swordsman.
The death of his parents led him into the priesthood after which he left for Mexico where he was accepted into the Order of Santo Agostinho. After many difficulties he finally managed to fulfill his dream - to preach the Christian faith in Japan. He was imprisoned for two years during which he was tortured to force him to give up his Christian beliefs. Since he did not recant his Christianity he was placed in a cell and then burned at the stake. On September 3rd 1632, he died while lifting a crucifix and calling out "Long live the Faith of Jesus Christ".
This Saint was from Albufeira, He went to spread the Catholic religion in South America and finished in Japan being prisoner and sentenced to death until he denied to this religion, but he did not so he was dead.
This statue is at the square next to the church