Saint Anthony’s Church Congregados

R. de Sá da Bandeira 11, 4000-433 Porto, Portugal

There are so many beautiful churches in Porto. In fact, there are many churches and it is hard to choose the most beautiful one. The church is dedicated to Saint Anthony, who was born in the 12th century and became a Franciscan priest. As a missionary, he eventually found his calling in Padua, Italy. The building was constructed during the late part of the 17th century and it replaced the original church which stood on this land for several hundred years. The curent church was designed by the popular and world renowned architect of the time, Joaquim Jaime B. Ferreira-Alves. The facade has elegant Baroque features including the fabulous tile work, created by the famed artisans, Jorge Colaço and João Baptista Ribeiro. The tile work tells the story of St. Anthony and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is just across the street of Sao Bento station, city centered and can be seen from far thanks to its great location.

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