Algarve's Tourist Guide - Architecture, Monuments and History of the Algarve
Alte Church, Alte, Loulé, Algarve, Portugal Monuments
The Church of Alte, is in the parish of Alte, Loulé council. Dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Our Lady of the Assumption), dating back to the thirteenth century, or earlier. Its construction has been ordered by the wife of the second Lord of Alte, so thanks to the return of the husband, who returned the from Eighth Crusade to Palestine.
It is believed that this church, an ancient mosque was adapted. See the similarities of the architecture of this church, with the Church of Querença and Loulé Mother Church (ancient Mosques).
The church was refurbished in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, presenting currently an interior composed of three naves separated by arches, supported by strong columns. The biggest highlight is bound to the beautiful vault, tiled eighteenth-century blue and white.
The gilded altarpieces of the chapels of Our Lady of Mount Caramel, Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Francis contrasts with the color-glazed tiles that decorate the Chapel of St. Sebastian. Beautiful images of Santa Teresa, the seventeenth century, and Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Margaret, the eighteenth century, complete the decoration of the church.
Nearby (Between 20 and 30mn drive): Olhão, Albufeira, Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Tavira and Spain
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