Igreja Matriz de São João Baptista, Alhandra, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
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N 38° 55.735 W 009° 00.475
29S E 499313 N 4308888
Quick Description: Located in the historic center of the Alhambra (Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira, in the High Castle or the Castle Belvedere, the Church of St. John the Baptist was founded by Cardinal Henry, in 1558, then Archbishop of Lisbon.
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 3/23/2011 11:12:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMB1EM
This Church was considered a majestic temple for its artistic quality and prominence of their deployment, given lie at 200 meters above the village. On August 21, 1887, suffered a devastating fire, being completely destroyed.
Was slow to rebuild in the same place, the current parish church, and worship only returned in 1910.
Architecture has a very simple lines. However, this temple has three naves, inside, a wonderful high altar of precious wood carvings, polychrome marble bases with artistically carved and inlaid with a distinctive collection of religious art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of high quality plastic.
The valuable paintings richly framed, some recently restored, is attributed to the painter Bento Coelho da Silveira (1618-1708).
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 12/21/1558
Age of Church building determined by?: Other reliable source
If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Catholic
If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: From: 10:00 AM To: 6:00 PM
If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday
Street address of Church:
Alto do Castelo, Centro histórico de Alhandra
Alhandra, Vila Franca de xira Portugal
Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: Not Listed
Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
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