Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of Santa Maria), Lagos

Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of Santa Maria), Lagos (must see)

On the southeast side of D. Enrique Square in the City of Lagos is the Church of Santa Maria. The church has been an operating place of worship since 1498. It has needed rebuilding from time to time. It was demolished by the earthquake of 1755, and again by devastating fires in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The exterior of the church is whitewashed. It has two bell towers. There are Doric columns and a Renaissance door. The interior is simple and plain compared to some of Lagos' other churches. It has one nave, an elevated choir and three side chapels. There is a statue of Saint Goncalo, the 15th century patron of the fishermen of Lagos.

Other images in the interior are Our Lady of the Assumption and Our Lady of Mercy. The sacristy holds an Infant Jesus the King dressed in 18th century costume. The balconies and windows are notable for their elaborate stone and metalwork.

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Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of Santa Maria) on Map

Sight Name: Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of Santa Maria)
Sight Location: Lagos, Portugal (See walking tours in Lagos)
Sight Type: Religious
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