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Nossa Senhora da Conceição - Portimão

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
© Olga Kositskaya
Nossa Senhora da Conceição church
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The Roman Catholic church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of Conception) is Portimão's main parish church and still plays an active role in the heart of the local community.

The original building was completed in 1476 in Gothic style.  Not much remains of the original structure apart from the main portal and an accompanying gargoyle.  Most of the original building was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, and later rebuilding incorporated a number of Manueline influences.

Inside the church there are some interesting marble statues, the most important of which, thought to date from the 17th century, is that of St Peter the Apostle.  There are also a number of ivory and lignum vitae (wood imported from Brazil) crucifixes. Other notable features include a strip of 18th century azulejo glazed tiles and a Manueline Baptismal font.

The main entrance to the church is found on Ruo Machado Santos.

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