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Igreja de Sao Francisco 1
Favorite thing: The most notable feature on the façade is the porch with its arches built in different styles, both pointed and horseshoe, a typical example of the “marriage” between the Gothic and Moorish styles that is typically found in so many monuments in this region of Portugal.
The church has the peculiarity of consisting of one single nave ribbed vaulting, the largest such space to be found in Portuguese Gothic churches.
At the sides are twelve open chapels built between the buttresses of the walls, all of them lined with baroque wood carvings.
The chancel, built at the beginning of the sixteenth century, still has important Renaissance features, in the galleries for example, although the altarpiece was made at a later date. In the chapel of the Order of Terceira, situated in one of the arms of the transept, it is interesting to observe the harmonious blending together of stone, carved wood and azulejos. As well as the cloister and the chapel totally lined with human bones, the hermitage of São Joãozinho represents a nucleus of different styles, with its Renaissance portal, its panels of seventeenth-century azulejos and its baroque statues from the end of the eighteenth century.
Top of Santo Antao Church
Fondest memory: photo taken from Moeda Street. I used to live in this street and I took the pic form my bedroom window.
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