Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, Tavira

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  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo
    by Willettsworld
  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo
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  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo
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    Church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 11, 2010
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    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.

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    The church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Stace at the front of the church

    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

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    Church of Santa Maria do Castelo and Castle

    by Waalewiener Written Feb 25, 2003

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    view old part of town

    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.

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