Church of São Pedro de Rubiães

Paredes de Coura, Portugal

The Church of São Pedro de Rubiães is a 12th-century Romanesque church located in the civil parish of Rubiães in the municipality of Paredes de Coura, that was part of the medieval Way of St. James, the famous pilgrimage road to Santiago de Campostela. Over time it was expanded in the 16th and 17th century to become the parochial church of Rubiães.

Inscribed on the entrance lintel was the date 1295, and is assumed to be the date of the church's completion. During the 16th century, the nave was extended towards the east reformulating the presbytery and sacristy. It was also at the end of this century that the first fresco was painted in the interior. At the beginning of the following century, another fresco was applied over the pre-existing painting. During the same period, the construction of Baroque-style bell-tower was completed, altering the medieval frontispiece.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Portugal

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Emanuel Pires (2 years ago)
É linda!❤
Luís Ferraz (2 years ago)
Local muito interessante e bastante limpo.
Maria Pilar Amaro Cendon (2 years ago)
Very nice
Manuel Oliveira (4 years ago)
It's age. History and surrounding. Sadly, it needs some maintenance.
HaPe. Hammer (9 years ago)
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