Church of Our Lady of Consolation and Holy Steps, Guimaraes

Church of Our Lady of Consolation and Holy Steps, Guimaraes

The Church of Our Lady of Consolation, along with the Holy Steps, stands as a splendid example of Baroque religious architecture in Guimaraes. Commenced in 1769, this church is believed to be the final creation of André Soares (1720-1769), a prominent architect of the Baroque era. The church exhibits a typical Baroque style scenography characterized by dynamic towers, a gracefully curved main facade, sinuous lines of the principal staircase, and sculptures strategically placed next to the facade.

Architecturally, the church follows a longitudinal plan, featuring a single nave with concave angles and a chancel. The present staircase, dating back to the mid-19th century, adds to the grandeur of the structure. With ornate balustrades and sculptures, the staircase creates a striking scenographic effect, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the church.

Upon entering the church, one is captivated by the masterfully crafted altarpiece and tribune, designed by the skilled carver José António da Cunha. Adorned with intricate carvings, these elements prominently showcase the rococo style, adding an extra layer of artistic richness to the interior. Despite André Soares's premature death, the interior appears to have adhered to the architect's envisioned plan.

A notable feature of the site is the Oratories, also known as the Holy Steps, which constitute a series of small chapels forming a Way of the Cross. Within these oratories, intricately carved figures in polychrome wood depict various stages of the Passion of Christ, offering a poignant and spiritual experience for visitors.

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Sight Name: Church of Our Lady of Consolation and Holy Steps
Sight Location: Guimaraes, Portugal (See walking tours in Guimaraes)
Sight Type: Religious
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Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles