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Church of Caminha classified as Monument of Public Interest

The Church of the Misericordia of Caminha was classified monument of public interest, according to the announcement published today.

The Church of the Misericordia of Caminha is located in Rua Direita, in the Union of the Parishes of Caminha (Matriz) and Vilarelho, in the district of Viana do Castelo.

According to the ordinance now published and signed by Secretary of State for Culture, Ângela Ferreira, “the Church of the Misericordia de Caminha was erected between 1551 and 1561, date on which the interior decorative program was concluded,” adding that “the facade of the 16th century was altered in 1650, maintaining, however, the original portal “.

“On the same date, the House of the Consistory was built to receive the meetings of the Brotherhood founded in 1516. The tiling of the temple is still in the 16th century, although the rest of the decoration was renovated in the first half of the eighteenth century” in the same text.

The remaining ornamental set “was renovated in the first half of the eighteenth century, between 1721 and 1723 was executed the new main altarpiece, authored by António Rodrigues Fontes, and in 1733 and 1734 were erected the lateral retables, executed by Manuel Coelho, “said the website of the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage (DGPC).

According to the history reported on the website of the DGPC, the process began on the proposal of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Caminha in November 2013.

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