Monuments to visit near Querença, Loulé
The Church of São Brás de Alportel back probably to the fifteenth century. It was a temple of a single nave, a chapel because it was "cured" attached to Faro. After the elevation of the town parish, in the middle of the sixteenth century, soon began the rebuilding of the temple. The responsibility of building the new temple of the local population, which was then six hundred people. The church was almost completed in 1565. In 1587 the bishop of the Algarve, D. Jerónimo Barreto, ordered the altarpiece of the chapel were painted golden.
The 1755 earthquake damaged the temple, including the ousia was toppled, but immediately the preacher ordered its reconstruction. For the pulley, only one survived retable from the first chapel on the epistle side, next to the cruise. Of great value is the sculptural heritage, composed of about twenty pictures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, that stands the image of Saint Liborio eighteenth century.
When it made the transfer of the seat of the bishop of Silves, Algarve Faro was a need to build a new summer residence for the most senior members of the clergy of diocese.A location was chosen São Brás de Alportel, and the Bishop Simon da Gama and Don Antonio Pereira da Silva was responsible for much of the work. Despite the Bishop's Palace is only one floor was a noble building with private chapel, spacious rooms, patio, outdoor gallery, garden with pond, fountains and ponds, wooded groves and flowers, pigeon house and orchard. Today the building is very uncharacteristic.
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