Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chapel of St Peter of Balsemão - Portugal

I didn't know this chapel existed before getting this card sent by Miguel. The chapel is located about 3 km southeast of the centre of Lamego and is claimed to be the oldest church in Portugal. Seen from the outside, no one would guess how rich it is in the inside.

Photo by Miguel Oliveira
Believed to have been built in the 7th century by the Visigoths before the arrival of the Moors, its appearance has been much modified. The church contains the 15th century statue in Ançã stone of Senhora do Ó (the pregnant Virgin Mary) and the 14th century tomb of Bishop Afonso Pires of Oporto. Alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries incorporated the church into the country house of the Viscounts of Balsemão. - in:  http://www.aportugalattraction.com/portugal-attractions/chapel-of-st-peter-of-balsemo.htm

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