Main Church of Caminha

Caminha, Portugal

Solid church in granite built inside the medieval town walls. Work began in 1488 under the guidance of Biscay master Tomé de Tolosa, and using parts of a primitive Romanesque chapel (remains are visible in the north side); it pursued slowly, until the completion of the tower of the main façade in 1556. Important architects involved in the construction include João de Tolosa and Pero Galego. Inside, the building is a basilica with main nave and two aisles, and is notable for its inlaid ceiling (1565) showing oriental influences. The Mareantes Chapel, built by the corporation of seafarers, is one of the earliest renaissance works in Portugal. The church was classified as a National Monument on June 16, 1910.

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Founded: 1488-1566
Category: Religious sites in Portugal

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João Jaques (9 months ago)
Built, or rebuilt, in the 16th century. XVIII (at the closing of the chancel arch, the date of 1743 can be read), the church has a rectangular plan (20x6 m), with a single nave and chancel, introduced by a crossing arch, somewhat peralted, with projections in the angles and supported by simple straight feet. On the north side, at the same time, a rectangular body was added that serves as a sacristy and storage room. On the south side of the façade, there is a tower with four bells. Inside, the church has a tiled floor and a cement ceiling, lately introduced in the restoration works, some uncharacteristic altars and little else.
Reis Quarteu (4 years ago)
Bonita igreja de uma bela aldeia alto-minhota!
Ricardo Pereira (4 years ago)
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