Igreja São Bartolomeu

Church in Coimbra

Church Of Saint Bartolomew, Igreja São Bartolomeu, Coimbra
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Located on Rua dos Esteoros near Commerce Square, the Church of St. Bartholomew, or Igreja de S. Bartolomeu, is one of the oldest buildings in the city of Coimbra. Built in the 10th century and named after the apostle Bartholomew, the church’s facade boasts a portal with two bell towers, an oval window with bars, a triangular pediment, and a balcony. Four pilasters connect the tower tops to the ground level.

Inside, the church has a single nave adorned with paintings by Pascal Parente, a renowned Italian artist. The chapel and oversized altarpiece are both baroque, featuring marble and gilded wood. Above the altar and on the sides are Parente’s depictions of the sufferings of Christ and the apostle Bartholomew.

Despite its age, the church boasts a Baroque style due to extensive restorations in the 18th century. While lacking the royal grandeur of some Coimbra churches, St. Bartholomew’s is among the most historical and exudes a sense of peace and serenity.

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Visiting Igreja São Bartolomeu

Address: Igreja de São Bartolomeu, Adro de Cima, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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