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    Church of Sao Pedro

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    Church of Sao Pedro

    The Church of Sao Pedro (Igreja de Sao Pedro) was built in the 16th century on the site of a 15th century mariners chapel.

    After the 1755 earthqauke it underwent extensive reconstructions. It is one of the many buildings in Faro where you can see storks nestling on the roof.

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    The Church of Sao Pedro is located at the Largo de Sao Pedro (Bairro Ribeirinho district), just south of the Carmo Church.

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    Igreja de Santo António

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2010
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    Situated on the highest point of the city, in the far east of the city, this church takes its name after its location. It was built in the fifteenth century, next to a medieval tower dating back to 1355. Inside is said to be a small museum exhibiting a collection of pictures, paintings and engravings alluding to St. Anthony.

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    Igreja de São Pedro

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2010
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    This church is located just to the south of the large Carmo Church and, luckily, was open when I visited on a Sunday morning as a service had just finished. Originally dating from medieval times, it was completely rebuilt in the mid-16th century. It was then handed over to the Military Order of St James in exchange for the transfer of the Church of Santa Maria to the Bishop. The plain exterior hides an interesting interior of 18th-century azulejos and fine-carved woodwork.

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    Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2010
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    The Carmelite Church is a wonderful looking church that's located right in the very heart of the city centre. It was founded in 1713 by Bishop António Pereira da Silva, who was responsible for the initial project. In mid-18th century the building underwent major renovation and additions, having been destroyed by the 1755 earthquake with a new layout being designed by master mason Diogo Gonçalves. The bell towers were added to the facade in 1878.

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    Igreja de São Francisco

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2010
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    Located on the other side of the large car park from the old town, the original church was built in 1674 but was reoriented with an octagonal transept and a new nave in the middle of the 18th century. An attached cloister was also built. The interior is said to feature Baroque tiles depicting the life of St Francis and rococo woodwork but was closed when I visited.

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    Igreja da Misericórdia

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 20, 2010
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    Located just to the north of the Old Town opposite the Jardim Manuel Bivar, this church was built in 1581 on the site of the former Hermitage of the Holy Ghost which had existed since the reign of King Manuel I (late 15th century). The church is built according to a centralised plan of a Greek cross and is said to feature some magnificent altarpieces inside but it was closed when I visited. The Mercy Hospital was built beside the church in the 19th century but this has since been closed down.

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