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Exploring Religious Buildings in the Algarve
Exploring Religious Buildings in the AlgarveBy car, 239 km, 1 day
This southern province was so successful in cultivating its difference that for centuries the monarch was called ''King of Portugal and the Algarve''. Its hilly landscapes with fertile valleys and its heavenly coastline have attracted many conquering peoples. The Christian Reconquista did not erase the traces of its Muslim heritage, starting with its name which comes from the Arabic word ''Al gharb'', meaning West.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
The walls of this basilica are covered from top to bottom with magnificent azulejos. The panels of the upper section of the nave depict scenes of the battle of Ourique, a town 14 kilometres away, where Afonso Henriques routed the Moors and was proclaimed King of Portugal.
You will notice behind the altar, the old mihrab, a niche from which the imam ran the religious services and the overstepped arch of the door which opens onto the sacristy. The pretty vaults date from the 13C. In the rua da Republica, at no.2, a small museum contains an interesting collection of Islamic ceramics from the 9C to the 12C.
This Church, which was established before the 16C, has a beautiful Manueline door. One of the chapels is completely covered in 18C azulejos, whilst the chapel of Nossa Senhora of Lourdes is decorated with cherished, multi-coloured azulejos in relief from the 16C, in the Seville style.
The interior of this church is covered in attractive azulejos from the 17C and has a retable in gilded wood.