Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo

Church in Viana do Castelo

Viana Do Castelo, Igreja Da Misericórdia
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The Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo have roots in the 16th century, when the Misericórdia brotherhood was established in 1520. Their growth led to the construction of the “Casa das Varandas” in the 1550s, a unique Renaissance and Mannerist civil architecture masterpiece designed by João Lopes, o Moço. This building showcases Italian and Flemish influences.

In 1716, renovation work was initiated on the church under the guidance of Manuel Pinto de Vilalobos, a military engineer in Viana. The interior of the church boasts ornate decoration, which reflects the prevailing style of the time. The Portuguese-style gilded carving of the altarpieces, crafted by Ambrósio Coelho, the glazed tile coatings by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes, and the frescoes on the ceiling by Manuel Gomes are all exceptional examples of Baroque art in Portugal.


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Visiting Igreja da Misericórdia de Viana do Castelo

Address: Igreja da Misericórdia, Republic Square, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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