Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentacao Aveiro

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro

The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação in Aveiro is a pretty church in the historic center of the city.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro


History

The original church dates back to the early 17th century. It was begun in 1606 and completed ten years later in 1616. It is thought the church was built over a chapel originally dedicated to São Gonçalo (Gundisalvus of Amarante).

However, much of the present church including the azulejos tiles on the front of the building date from the 18th century.

Outside the church stands a statue of John the Evangelist.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro


Interior

The interior is noted for its magnificent gilded woodwork especially on its two altarpieces, one dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Apresentação and the other to Jesus the Saviour.

On the side walls are two more gilded shrines, one to Senhora da Luz ('Our Lady of Light') and the other to the Cruz do Senhor do Bendito ('The Cross of the Lord of the Blessed').

One statue of note is a Gothic alabaster Virgin made in Nottingham, England.

The interior of the church.


Access - Getting There

Largo da Apresentação, 3800-270 Aveiro

The main festival of the church is on February 2 and is dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Apresentação (Our Lady of the Presentation).

A church of the same name stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro

The congregation outside the church.

Other places of Aveiro include the Aveiro Congress Center, housed in a former ceramics factory, the Fabrica de Ceramica de Jeronymo Periera Campos and the superb Museu de Aveiro.

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