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Silves Cathedral

The Cathedral of Silves is a cathedral located in the city and parish of the same name (more precisely in the Cathedral Square) in the district of Faro, Portugal. The structure now presents a stamp mainly gothic, but also elements from other times, as it has been undergoing changes over the centuries.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the cathedral, and if it was built on a mosque after the conquest of the city from the Moors by The King El Rey Dom Dinis, but it is known that the current building have been initiated since mid of late thirteenth century . Several earthquakes have been deteriorating the building still unfinished, and it was reworded in mid-fifteenth century, following a simple Gothic structure.

In the eighteenth century, after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, and the destruction of several of its

elements, the cathedral was undergone further changes in the Baroque style, which can be seen in the upper region of the main façade to end in volutes, the portal south and the new bell tower.

The cathedral has a plan in the shape of a Latin cross, with a Cruise in the domed crossing the arms of it, topped by a red sandstone in the apse at the end where the altar. The Centre, with a maximum height of about 18 meters, has two aisles with altars decorated with gilded Baroque, divided from the nave by octagonal solid pillars.

The main portal of the cathedral, housed in an alfiz (rectangular stone element which it is integrated throughout the portal), is formed by a broken arch composed archivolts arranged in steps. The capitals are possibly contemporary Batalha Monastery, the building that most influenced the cathedral that has become the greatest example of Gothic architecture in the Algarve. The south facade of the cathedral has a portal baroque / rococo of 1781, known as Porta do Sol (Sun Door)

Its interior houses below the pavement, several tombs of bishops and noble families of Silves and the stone tomb of El Rey Don João II, who died and was buried here in 1495, and then turned out to be later transferred to the Monastery of Batalha.

Near by: Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Albufeira, Portimão, Faro and Lagos

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