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Igreja de São Lourenço

Church of São Lourenço - Almancil
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São Lourenço interior
Igreja de São Lourenço de Almancil

The 17th century whitewashed church of São Lourenço de Amancil is somewhat unusual in appearance having more features than most churches of its size. To one side there is a bell tower to which a long staircase rises from the front of the building. The corners of the roof are decorated with pinnacles and adjacent to the bell tower is a copula.

What really marks São Lourenço out though is the interior and particularly the azulejo work. These characteristic blue tiles are both noteworthy for their age and their quality - dating back to 1730 they have been attributed to one of the azulejo masters of the time, Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes. The tiles depict the life of São Lourenço including his martyrdom in Rome. They cover the walls, the barrel vaulted ceiling and the inside of the copula.

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