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Igreja Matriz de São Lourenço (Almancil) (Main Church of São Lourenço – Almancil)

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Igreja Matriz de São Lourenço (Almancil) (Main Church of São Lourenço – Almancil)


The Main Church of São Lourenço (St Lawrence) in Almancil is without doubt one of the great artistic treasures of the Algarve. Built during the first half of the 18th century, it is a church with a single nave and it has a chancel with a fine cupola covered in figurative tiles, which continue on the walls of the nave and the vault.

The quality of the tiles decorating this church is especially noteworthy. Designed by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes in 1730, they depict the life of São Lourenço and constitute the best example of Baroque art on tiles in the Algarve.

But in addition to the impressive visual impact of the tiles, the gilt carved altarpiece in the chancel deserves mention. It is an example of the Baroque style and is attributed to master Manuel Martins, the greatest Algarve carver and sculptor, who also created the statue of São Lourenço to be found there.


  • Loulé

  • Almancil

  • 289 395 451 (Almancil Parish)


  • Cultural Heritage

  • Churches and Convents

  • Paid

  • Open to the public

  • Considered a Building of Public Interest

  • Winter (October 16 to April 14): Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer (April 15 to October 15): Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 15h00 to 18h00. Closed on Sundays

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