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On the approach to the castle, we popped into the small Igreja de Sao Miguel do Castelo. According to tradition, King Afonso Henriques (1111-1185) was baptised in this small Romanesque church. It has served as a royal chapel and a parochial church.
It is a...More
The Romanesque Chapel of Sao Miguel do Castelo is intimate, austere and charming. Portugal's first King: Afonso Henriques (1111-1185), was baptized within this Royal chapel, which served also as a parochial church. Notice the baptismal font at your left as you enter the chapel. The...More
It is below , but part of the castle. The architecture is simple. The inside is rather plain, but the floor is not. The floor is roped off and you walk around the perimeter. That is because many heroes are buried in the floor of...More
This small Romanesque church is well worth a short visit. After entering on can walk around the perimeter which ropes off the gravestones set into the floor. There is a small information notice with a plan of the building.
The floor is what to look at in this historic chapel. Some of the stones look like from pagan times although they are among the gravestones of more recent times. Allow 15 minutes for this free visit next to the castle.
The first king of Portugal, Alfonso Henriques, was baptised in this simple Romanesque chapel in the grounds of the castle. The atmosphere inside is wonderful - the floor is lined with medieval gravestones.