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Igreja de Santa Maria Lagos

Portugal's Churches: Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos

Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos

The Igreja de Santa Maria in the old town of Lagos is one of the most active churches in the town.

Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve

The Igreja de Santa Maria was founded in 1498, the year Columbus "discovered" America.

The Igreja de Santa Maria was enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries but like so many churches in the Algarve suffered damage in the 1755 earthquake.

The fine, decorative portal, however, escaped the destruction and dates to 1612.

Relatively plain inside, the church exudes a calm and spiritual atmosphere.

Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
Igreja de Santa Maria, Lagos, Algarve

There is a single, rectangular nave with the choir on an upper level to your right as you enter the church. The modern painting behind the altar depicts a battle between angels.

Igreja de Santa Maria
Praça Infante Dom Henrique
Lagos 8600-525.
Tel: 282 762 723

Hours: 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 7pm

Igreja de Santa Maria is close to the Slave Market Museum (Mercado de Escravos), the Museu Municipal Dr. Jose Formosinho (Museu Regional de Lagos), which includes the Igreja de Santo António and just a 15-20 minute walk from the Museu de Cera dos Descobrimentos (Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum) at the Lagos Marina on the other side of the river.



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