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Igreja da Misericórdia de Faro (Faro Misericórdia Church)

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Igreja da Misericórdia de Faro (Faro Misericórdia Church)


In 1583, the Manueline church Igreja do Espírito Santo (Holy Spirit) was rebuilt, and was replaced by the present-day Faro church Igreja da Misericórdia (Mercy).

This Mannerist church features a Greek-cross layout with a dome at the centre.

In 1596, English corsairs commanded by the Count of Essex set fire to the church, as a result of which new building work had to be carried out and the decorative features renovated.

Inside, the 17th century carved altars can still be admired along with a collection of paintings representing the “works of the misericórdia” and a holy water font designed from a Gothic capital.

In the late 18th century, as a result of damage caused by the 1755 earthquake, the façade was remodelled in neoclassical style by Italian architect, Francisco Xavier Fabri.

This church also has a small museum where visitors can admire works of sacred art from the Faro Misericórdia’s collection.


  • Faro

  • Faro

  • 289 805 992, fax: 289 805 996 (Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Faro)


  • Cultural Heritage

  • Churches and Convents

  • Paid

  • Open to the public

  • Tuesday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 12 noon and from 2 to 4.30 pm (last admission time 4 pm)

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