Lagos St. António's Church
The Church of Saint Anthony is a religious building located in the parish of St. Sebastian, in Lagos, in the district of Faro in Portugal.
Probably built in the reign of El Rey the King Dom João V, was built to serve as a place of worship for Lagos militaries, belonging to the military administration. Damaged in the Earthquake of 1755, was restored in 1769 by order of Hugo Beaty, commander of the infantry regiment of Lagos.
In the early twentieth century, the church, yet on the military administration, was in a state of preservation rather miserable. Due to financial difficulties, it wasn't possible repair the building. In 1924, the church was classified as National Monument. In 1929, no longer belongs to the Ministry of War, was transfered to the administration of the Public Instruction Ministry. Then was Repaired, by supervization of Dr. José Formosinho, in 1930. After this, the church became part of the Regional Museum of Lagos. In 1931, the Museum Board of Sacred Art was installed in the sacristy of the church.
Currently, only provides religious services once a year, in the day of its patron (June 13). The church is part of the Museum Dr. José Formosinho.
The church is baroque style, as demonstrated by its main facade, containing a door decorated with shells and a national shield with ramifications, in Jesuit style. The exterior of the church is simple, with walls of smooth stone, the main pediment is turned to the west (street General Alberto da Silveira), encompassing the main entrance. The front side, facing the Compromisso Maritimo Square (street Silva Lopes), includes a round arch, large-scale, creating a vaulted porch.
The church have two bell towers, of different sizes. The south tower, larger, have a clock mounted in 1839.
The nave, painted domed ceiling, is decorated with tiles and gilded. Along the side walls are 8 paintings, depicting scenes from the life of St. Anthony of Padua, painted by Master José Joaquim Rasquinho de Loulé. The sacristy, which is accessed from the altar, is now a showroom of Sacred Art, where are exebited, vestments, statues and other religious articles.
Nearby: Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença
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