Igreja Matriz de Monção

Religious Heritage

Wandering through the narrow alleys of Monção, we come across the Igreja Matriz, a Romanesque temple from the 13th century, also known as Igreja de Santa Maria dos Anjos. Discover the chapels that have been attached to it throughout the centuries, which resulted in an aesthetically rich yet not so harmonious building. The Capela de São Sebastião was added in the 16th century, where the tomb of Dom Vasco Marinho - Pope Leo X’s secretary and confessor -, dated from 1521, is worth visiting. In the 17th century another chapel was added to the Igreja Matriz, dedicated to Deu-la-Deu - a legendary character who supposedly deceived the armies of Castela -, a fine example of a Mannerist tomb-chapel. A new chapel was then added back in the 18th century as a result of new construction works, where at present we can admire the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All these alterations and additions have made this church a curious example of architecture. However, its richness and grandiosity are well worth a visit.

Monção (Viana do Castelo)

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