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Church of Santa Maria

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Address: Praca Infante Dom Henrique, Lagos 8600-525, Portugal

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Breathtaking in it's simplicity

Igreja de Santa Maria is breathtaking in it`s simplicity. A very peachful place to sit, rest and pray in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Lagos.

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Susanne T
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Igreja de Santa Maria is breathtaking in it`s simplicity. A very peachful place to sit, rest and pray in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Lagos.

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Nothing ostentatious about this church, it's very minimal and beautiful in its simplicity. It seemed to be still very active with the community. I visited on Easter and saw something scheduled every two hours.

Thank mrportland
Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you like churches, this is well worth a visit if you are in Lagos. We found it rather unusual for various reasons but we won't spoil the surprise.

Thank SarahJupiter
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

this church closes over the lunch hour. When it was open, it offered, for a euro and a half, a small exhibiton of religious art, mainly silver objects and some paintings, and a visit of the church itself. It's pretty and well-proportioned, but not special. I would not make a trip just to see it, but if one is passing... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Not as impressive as many of the ornate tile covered churches, this church does have a pretty alter area. Located by the slave market it makes a short stop on the sightseeing tour of Lagos.

Thank Lesterbeach
Faro, Portugal
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

Built in 1498 as the Church of Mercy (Misericordia Church), it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. It was the object of restorations and extensions in the 18th century. XVI and XVII, having been instituted as a parish church, dedicated to Santa Maria. A part of the church dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when it was restored after... More 

Thank Jorge A
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

This church is just off the square in the old town and worth popping into. There is a window just above the altar which seems to fill the church with sunshine. The church is small and quite charming in its simplicity. It reflects the surrounding area of narrow cobblestone streets.

Thank sharingin4mation
County Donegal, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Recently re-painted, this is a lovely church to visit to take time out to reflect. Facing into the square, statue and water feature.

Thank VeganIRL
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

I like old churches. This one was lovley inside with a beautiful depiction of the crucification christ.

Thank Brian C
Tipperary, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

The ceiling of this church is probably the best I have ever seen. You can actually feel the peace in this church. to get there just walk along the river bank keeping it on your left, when you come to the castle ruins then cross the road and past the water fountains then the church is on your left.

Thank Fran-Maria

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