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Igreja Matriz de Monchique (Monchique Main Church)

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Igreja Matriz de Monchique (Monchique Main Church)


This is a fine, early 16th century church that was partially rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. There is an interesting Manueline doorway on the main façade, with a pointed arch and decorated with plant motifs. Above the doorway there is an eye-window that is also Manueline.

Inside, there are three naves separated by pillars with capitals decorated with plant motifs and a Manueline side chapel with a simple ogival vault with a cross of the Order of Christ on the keystone and covered in figurative tiles dating from the end of the 18th century.

Equally interesting are the Baroque altarpieces in the chancel, in the chapels Capela do Santíssimo Sacramento (Most Holy Sacrament) and Capela do Sagrado Coração (Sacred Heart) on which there are some statues of great quality.

Monchique Main Church also has a small museum where visitors can view a collection of liturgical objects.



  • Cultural Heritage

  • Churches and Convents

  • Open to the public

  • Classified as a Building of Public Interest

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