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Igreja de Válega: probably the most beautiful church in Portugal

It is one of the most beautiful churches in Portugal, but perhaps one of the least known. More precisely these beauties that we enjoy discovering and exploring. Neste artigo, let’s go to the Igreja de Válega, an authentic work-premium of the art of tile painting, and one of the most impressive churches in Portugal.

The façade of the Igreja de Válega, turned to the poente, and banhada pelo por-do-sol, is a particularly beautiful image. The temple shines with its fantastic tiles, with many different colors.

Até 1150, or registered in this church owned by individuals. Depois, belonged to the Mosteiro de São Pedro de Ferreira, until 1288, and passed to belong to the bishop of Porto and the year served by the Sé do Porto until 1583, establishing exclusive depois for the year 1833.

Valega Church

Originally, the temple would have been founded in the place of Seixo Branco, where there are no vestiges, later (at the time not after the fifteenth century) passed to the place of Espinha, not the site called Adro Velho. Já em meados do séc. XVIII, to its implantation I saw to locate no site where it is found, I had the work started in 1746. The work will consume more than a century.

The church was also full of restoration work, I don’t know. XX, between 1923 and 1958. at the initiative of JO Lopes and his wife, MJO Lopes, highlighting the construction of the current roof of caixotões of exotic wood.

It also dates from this period to the placement of the tile panel with Senhora do Amparo, not the external mole of the capela-mor, assassinated by Jorge Colaço’s atelier and executed by the Lusitânia Factory, in Lisbon.

Valega Church
Valega Church

Between 1959 and 1960, the commander of the Ordem de Benemerência, António Maria Augusto da Silva, organized a campaign, which included the cladding with marble plates of the interior of the chapel, the sub-choir and two lambrises in general.

During this campaign, the main façade, the upper walls of the nave and the upper part of the triumphal arch were also covered, using polychrome tiles, manufactured at the Aleluia Factory, in Aveiro. You vitrais, which date from that time, were assassinated by S. Cuadrado, from Madrid. Assim, a igreja conseguiu or aspect that tem leaf.

A visit, essa, recommended. Take a look at the various existing tile paintings inside and outside the church, and feel transported to other times, without leaving the local area. And take the opportunity to visit the region – you will be pleasantly surprised!

Or what to visit around the Igreja de Válega?

If you enjoy appreciating churches, take the opportunity to jump to Cortegaça, also in Ovar. It is only 20 minutes away and you will be able to see another of the most beautiful churches in Portugal: the Igreja Matriz de Santa Marinha de Cortegaça.

Its façade is also completely covered with tiles, but this time they are all blue. It is worth appreciating all the details with calm and attention. Also take the opportunity to enter the church and contemplate its beautiful interior.

E já que falamos de cores… because we don’t visit 2 dos most colorful places in Portugal? First, go to Águeda (30 minute drive) and walk along its streets decorated with colorful guards. The sensation that a walk through these streets provides is impressive and of certainty that you will love or walk.

When finished, move to Costa Nova and appreciate its colorful palm trees, which are internationally famous, were once simple deposits of fishing equipment. Pray to the legend that they will be painted with these tight colors so that they are original gifts to you, the fishermen, so we can easily locate them on New Year’s days.

And of course… or the most famous place to visit around the Igreja de Válega and Aveiro, in Portuguese Venice. A cidade nasceu ao longo da ria e os seus canais percorrem o agglomeración de habitações as one fossem mais uma estrada as others.

It is worth taking a walk around the famous moliceiros and appreciating the various buildings in the Arte Nova style. As it could not stop being… no one goes to Aveiro without trying the famous ovos moles, the most famous iguaria in the city.

Hours of the Válega Church

Day Hour
Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
church Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2nd to 6th 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8pm
Eucharist Sunday 9:30 a.m.
3rd and 5th 7:30 p.m.

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