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São Gonçalo de Lagos

São Gonçalo de Lagos (1360-1422) lived in the 14th and 15th centuries and is an important religious figure in the town of his birth, Lagos in the Algarve. He is the patron saint of the city.

São Gonçalo de Lagos
Statue of the saint

He spent most of his adult life as a monk in a monastery in Torres Vedras, ministering to the poor. He was beatified by Pope Pius VI in 1798.

A son of a fishing family in Lagos he is especially venerated by fisherfolk in the town.

A statue of the saint by locally-born artist Tolentino Abegoaria stands on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos near Lagos fort (Castelo de Lagos). One of the gates to the Castelo de Lagos is called St. Gonçalo's Gate and the castle contains a shrine in the saint's honor. The Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos is also named after him. It is 2 km west of the city center and has a 24 hour A&E.

Another famous statue in Lagos is that of Henry the Navigator, the father of Portugal's Age of Discovery.

Henry the Navigator
Henry the Navigator

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