Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, Tavira
After the conquest of Tavira by the Portuguese, in the 13th century, the mosque inside the castle was replaced by a christian church.
Lisbon's earthquake damaged it, and it was reconstructed, using all the possible elements of its Gothic conception.
Beside the castle, this 13th-century Gothic Church was built on the site of a Moorish mosque but rebuilt by an Italian neo-classicist following earthquake damage 500 years later. However, the architect retained traces of the former church - namely the main doorway, two side chapels and Arabic-style windows in the clock tower. Inside is a plaque marking the tomb of Dom Paio Peres Correia, who won the town back from the Moors, as well as those of the seven Christian knights whose murder by the Moors precipitated the final attack on Tavira in 1242 even though a ceasefire had been agreed.
The church next to the castle and Tavira tower was constructed over a mosque. You do not pay to enter and visit it but you pay a fee of one euro to go up to the tower and visit the sacro museum
These Castle Battlements are located on the
highest most defensible and oldest part of
town. There was a Mosgue on the site of the Church before the Moors surrended Tavira to the Portuguese Christian Commander, Dom
Paio Peres Correira in 1242. The Church still has its Tomb.