Lagoa Mother Church

All that remains of the place of worship built in the 16th century is a Manueline doorway to the bell tower. The current building dates from the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th, and has an attractive baroque façade with neo-classical elements.

Beneath its three naves, the chief point of interest inside the church is the retable on the main altar, with a perfect 18th century representation of Nossa Senhora da Luz (Our Lady of Light), the church’s patroness, attributed to the sculptor Machado de Castro, and a São Sebastião (St. Sebastian). On the other altars, and in the upper choir and the registry office are to be found a large number of icons and reliquaries from the 17th and 18th centuries, including an interesting Baby Jesus lying on a wooden bed in the “rocaille” style (end of the 18th century).

The sacristy houses a magnificent chest in Brazil wood, valuable religious objects (an 18th century silver incense boat and other items) and stones from the original Manueline building found in the church.


Photo: www.sulinformacao.pt

Coordinates: 37.136143,-8.454781