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Old March 4th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #181
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I like the contrast between the austere exteriors and the opulent interiors.

Great updates!
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Happens quite frequently in Portuguese architecture.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #183
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Old March 5th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #184
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Our Lady of Assumption / ALVITO

Construction period: 15th to 17th centuries (late 1400's to 1691)
Architectural styles: Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque


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The Yellow Church by CláudiaM, on Flickr

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Alvito by guymoll, on Flickr

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Church in Alvito, Alentejo, Portugal by petereaton, on Flickr


Igreja Matriz de Alvito by Dias dos Reis on PBase


Igreja Matriz de Alvito by Dias dos Reis on PBase


Igreja Matriz de Alvito by Bernardo Nunes on À Sombra do Castelo

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Old March 6th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #185
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Saint Peter / PONTA DELGADA

Construction period: 18th and 19th centuries (1783 to 1858)
Architectural style: Baroque


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Sao Sebastiao Church by Dex Sularte, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Pedro en Ponta Delgada. by Luis Pérez Contreras, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Pedro en Ponta Delgada. by Luis Pérez Contreras, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - Açores by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - Açores by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - 5519 by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Amazing church in Ponta Delgada by The Sean & Lauren Spectacular, on Flickr

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Saint Peter / PONTA DELGADA

Construction period: 18th and 19th centuries (1783 to 1858)
Architectural style: Baroque


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Sao Sebastiao Church by Dex Sularte, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Pedro en Ponta Delgada. by Luis Pérez Contreras, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Pedro en Ponta Delgada. by Luis Pérez Contreras, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - Açores by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - Açores by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Igreja São Pedro - Ponta Delgada - 5519 by Patxi64, on Flickr

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Amazing church in Ponta Delgada by The Sean & Lauren Spectacular, on Flickr



Really stunning.

I am very interested in church architecture and design, and I now realize I know very little about Portugal's churches.

The altars and the stonework on the outside are quite unique and very beautiful. I assume that must be an exceptionally soft stone that would allow that sort of elaborate carving.

Thanks for all these photos.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #187
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Thanks Timothy. Portuguese churches are truly special and they differ significantly depending on the region they're in. Regarding construction materials used to build them, in general it's granite in the north, limestone in the coastal center and again granite and marble in the south.

In the islands, Madeira and Azores, the most available stone is basalt, giving these churches a quite unique look of very dark stone and whitewashed walls. The altars are usually carved in wood and then gilt. When you see limestone in these churches it came from the mainland.
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Vilar de Frades Monastery / AREIAS DE VILAR

Construction period: 11th to 18th centuries (1070 to late 1700's)
Architectural styles: Romanesque, Manueline and Baroque



Vilar de Frades Church, in Barcelos, Portugal by Joseolgon on Wikimedia Commons

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Romanesque archivolted Portal in Vilar de Frades, Barcelos, Portugal by Joseolgon on Wikimedia Commons


Interior of Vilar de Frades Church, Barcelos, Portugal by Joseolgon on Wikimedia Commons


Interior of Vilar de Frades Church, Barcelos, Portugal by Joseolgon on Wikimedia Commons


Abóbada da nave da igreja de Vilar de Frades, Barcelos by Joana Bogas on Wikimedia Commons


Pormenor do corpo da Igreja de Vilar de Frades (mísulas) by Joana Bogas on Wikimedia Commons


Coro da Igreja de Vilar de Frades by Joana Bogas on Wikimedia Commons

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Saint Francis / PORTO

Construction period: 14th to 18th centuries (1383 to 1765)
Architectural styles: Gothic and Baroque


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Francisco by Paulo Loureiro, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), Porto by JSCLee, on Flickr

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Igreja de São Francisco - 1 | Rose window by Paulo Dykes, on Flickr


Ig. São Francisco - Porto by Silvino Silva on ANIMAÇÃO TURISTICA CALDENSE, UNIPESSOAL LDA.

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A TALHA DOURADA NO PORTO by CNC Porto, on Flickr

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Saint Michael, University Chapel / COIMBRA

Construction period: 16th to 18th centuries (1522 to 1737)
Architectural styles: Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque


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Coimbra University by LisaHong, on Flickr

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University of Coimbra, Portugal by b.reynolds, on Flickr

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100_0826R3 Coimbra Portugal by studiod_baltico1, on Flickr

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Universidade de Coimbra: Biblioteca Joanina, Capela de São Miguel, Sala dos Capelos, Sala das Armas, Sala Amarela, Sala Azul e Sala do Exame Privado, Prisão Medieval e Académica by CCDR - Centro / Região Centro de Portugal, on Flickr

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Universidade de Coimbra: Biblioteca Joanina, Capela de São Miguel, Sala dos Capelos, Sala das Armas, Sala Amarela, Sala Azul e Sala do Exame Privado, Prisão Medieval e Académica by CCDR - Centro / Região Centro de Portugal, on Flickr

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Coimbra - Portugal by dilmarousseff, on Flickr

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Universidad. COIMBRA - Portugal by jocusilpa, on Flickr

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Saint Peter / CANTANHEDE

Construction period: 16th to 18th centuries (mid-1500's to 1796)
Architectural styles: Renaissance and Mannerist


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Praça e estátua Marquês de Marialva, Cantanhede by CCDR - Centro / Região Centro de Portugal, on Flickr

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Sumptuous and elegant.


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Saint Peter / CANTANHEDE

Construction period: 16th to 18th centuries (mid-1500's to 1796)
Architectural styles: Renaissance and Mannerist


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These two churches are a great example between over the top and restrained decoration. And yet, both are very beautiful.
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This thread just keeps getting better and better! keep them coming.
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It seems like the Azores has an architecture that is a little different from mainland Portugal. Is this true?
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Yes, it's true musiccity. But you don't even have to leave mainland Portugal to see such differences as each region has its very own traditional architecture. In Madeira and in the Azores it's just more striking due to the materials used.
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do you know which cities have the most quantity of historical churches? And around how many do they have?
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I would say that Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Santarém and Évora are most certainly the cities with the larger amounts of historic churches since historically they were, some still are, the most important Portuguese cities. But I can check the precise numbers.
According to the lists of the Portuguese Heritage these are the numbers for the named cities:

Lisbon
134 Churches
27 Chapels
1 Synagogue
1 Mosque
163 Religious buildings

Porto
45 Churches
36 Chapels
1 Synagogue
82 Religious buildings

Braga
37 Churches
28 Chapels
65 Religious buildings

Coimbra
32 Churches
20 Chapels
52 Religious buildings

Évora
32 Churches
5 Chapels
37 Religious buildings

Santarém
22 Churches
6 Chapels
28 Religious buildings

So, together these 6 cities have 270 churches, 122 chapels, 2 synagogues and 1 mosque. Grand total of 395 religious buildings. Only a very small percentage (+/- 2.5%) are not historic.

These numbers do not include the many private chapels of palaces and manor houses.
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