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Monuments of Portugal to visit in Algarve, in the Municipality of Olhão
Olhão Quelfes Mother Church
The green fig trees and vines surround this village that the streets around the church, still preserved houses with white walls and chimneys.
The place of Quelfes is very old, since it is known that in 1518 there was already a chapel with his private chaplain, a sign that the residents of the neighborhoods were already in significant numbers. Furthermore, the influence of the Gothic side door of the Church, which was built on the former chapel, this means that precedes the XVI century.
Its ancient origin is anounced by the side door in Gothic style.
The main portal, of the Renaissance (sixteenth century) is very simple.
Spacious interior, with three naves. In the chapel, an arc of the transition period to the Renaissance to Manueline, decorated with bunches of grapes and vine leaves, a ribbed ceiling with rosettes (sixteenth century). Images of the XVIII century.
Quelfes originally belonged to the Parish of St. Pedro Faro and just happened to be an independent parish in about 1614, or even before 1575. It was noteworthy that at this time, Olhão was a small village that was also included in the parish of Quelfes (only in 1695 Olhão would form a separate parish). Finally, in 1826 both the parish of Olhão and the parish of São Pedro no longer belong to term (County) of Faro.
Although the town of Quelfes is very small, the parish, currently covers an area that includes part of the city of Olhão and Armona island.
Nearby (20mn drive): Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença
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