Church of Santo André

Melgaço, Portugal

The Church of Santo André is a Romanesque and Baroque era church located in the civil parish of Fiães, municipality of Melgaço. Originally a Roman-Cistercian monastery, it was remodeled during the 17th and early 18th century in the Baroque style, but still exemplifies many of the characteristics of the early building (typifying the Galician Cistercian monasteries and Minhota churches of the time). The beginning of 17th century remodeling began with images of the patron saints and coat-of-arms on the frontispiece, but later extended into the lateral altar (Mannerist) and the chancel retable (Baroque).

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Portugal

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Paula Fontes (10 months ago)
A igreja estava fechada, nao deu para visipor dentro. No espaço exterior destaco o casco de uma árvore que ainda preservam
Francisco Carneiro (12 months ago)
Convento de Cister a não deixar de visitar
Ana Rodrigues (2 years ago)
Lindo recomendo fazer uma visita ????
António José Mesquita Cruz (2 years ago)
Magnífico
Jose Carlos Gago (3 years ago)
Of the monastic complex, the church still preserves interesting architectural elements. In the front, the portal of four archivolts is the primitive one and in the upper area, redone in the century. XVII, São Bernardo, the founder of Cister, Senhora da Assunção and São Bento, crowned by the Order's coat of arms, accompany us in this isolated but excellent place. The head of the temple is tripartite in square chapels, revealing the typical Cistercian architecture. The interior, with 3 naves, without a cruise, was greatly transformed in modern times. In the monastic premises that developed to the south and of which nothing remains, D. Filipa de Lencastre stayed when he came from England to marry D. João I.
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