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Inside Carmo and Carmelitas churches

November 4, 2009

Note: Religious content – This following post shows the inside of Roman Catholic Churches in Oporto, if you don’t want to see the photos please skip it.  Sorry for the inconvinience.

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For more information on the location of this churches please check the “Praça de Gomes Teixeira” post.

Carmo

Carmo

Carmo Church

Carmo Church or “Church of the Third order of Carmo” was built in the second half of the XVIII century in Rococo style, following the project by José Seixas. In 1912 the outside wall was covered by a huge “Azulejo” designed by Silvestre Silvestri.

In the interior, golden chapels have a very detailed ornamentation. view photo 1 ; view photo 2 ; view photo 3

There is a painting on the ceiling of the main chapel. view photo 4

Carmelitas

Carmelitas

Carmelitas Church

The monastery of the Carmelitas barefoot friars and its Church were built in the first half of the XVII century. The church is designed in style with Classical and Baroque influences. In the XVIII century the interior was enriched with gilded chapels and pulpits. The monastery part of the building was converted into military quarters after the extinction of the religious orders in the XIX century.

The backgrounds of the chapels look simpler than Carmo Church. view photo 1 ; view photo 2

There is a chapel on the entrance dedicated to the Virgin Mary apparitions in Fatima. view photo

 There is a Pipe Organ upstairs in the choir area. view photo

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Inside Trindade Church

October 15, 2009

Note: Religious content – This following post shows the inside of a Roman Catholic Church from the XIX century, if you don’t want to see the photos please skip it. Turning site previews off temporarily could also be a good ideia. Sorry for the inconvinience.

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Central Dome

I found it hard to translate the name of the Saints to English and unfortunately I don’t know anyone with such specific knowledge so I did my best to add understandable notes, thank you for your comprehension.

As mentioned in the “trindade and aliados” post, the Trindade Church was built during the XIX century in neoclassical fashion following the design of the architect Carlos Amarante. The interior has the shape of a cross, the Main Altar in front of the main entrance and there’s one secondary Altar on each side: right and left. On the wide corridor towards the main Altar and before the crossing there are 3 smaller chapels on the walls of each side. view photo

As you enter the church, on your right wall you can see the chapels of (main door to main Altar direction):

  • “Sagrado Coração de Maria” (Sacred Heart of Mary) view photo
  • “Nossa Sra. das Dores” (Holy Lady of Pains) view photo
  • “Nossa Sra. da Conceição” (Holy Lady of Conception) view photo

 

On the left wall (main door to main Altar direction):

  • “Sta. Teresinha” (Saint Teresa) view photo
  • “S. José” (Saint Joseph) view photo
  • “Sagrado Coração de Jesus” (Sacred Heart of Jesus) view photo

 

Then you’ll reach the crossing with the two secondary Altars on each side:

The Altar on the right has “Nossa Sra. de Fátima” (Lady of Fatima) in the middle, “Santa Catarina” (Saint Catherine) on the right and “Santa Inês” (Saint Agnes) on the left. view photo

The Altar on the Left has “Santíssima Trindade” (Holy Trinity) in the middle, “S. Pedro” (Saint Peter) on the right and “S. João” (Saint John) on the left. view photo

The Main Altar has a big painting of the Baptism of Christ in the middle, “Nossa Sra. da Paz” (Lady of Peace) on the right and “Nossa Sra. das Mercês” (Lady of Grace) on the left. photo 1 ; photo 2

As you leave through the main door you can see the statues of two golden angels and a pipe organ in the balcony above. view photo


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