Igreja Matriz - Melgaço, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
N 42° 06.832 W 008° 15.567
29T E 561221 N 4662684
Quick Description: The Mother Church, located in Melgaço, Portugal.
Location: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Date Posted: 8/1/2011 4:42:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMC6TE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 3

Long Description:
[PT]
No local existe uma placa informativa que diz:
"Igreja matriz
Sec. XIII
A igreja matriz, também designada de Santa Maria da Porta, já existia em finais do século XII. Desde então, o monumento sofreu obras de restauro e ampliação, que lhe alteraram o traçado primitivo, restando do edifício original a porta principal e a porta lateral norte. O portal principal é formada por duas séries de colunas, adossadas nas reentrâncias, com capiteis decorados com motivos vegetalistas.
A porta lateral norte apresenta uma arquivolta apontada, suportada por duas consolas, que sustentam um tímpano com uma figura de "Leão" em alto relevo."


[ENG]
The church is a Romanesque building of the twelfth century, originally called the Church of St. Mary's Gate, because it is adjacent to the Gate of the castle of Melgaço.
Some still remains of the original layout that was the subject of many renovations over the years.
The front entrance and side entrance still remains original.
The main gate is formed by two sets of columns, addorsed the cutouts, with capitals decorated with plant motifs.
The north side door has a pointed archivolt, supported by two cantilevers, which support a tympanum with a figure of "lion " in high relief.
From: Wikipedia

On site there is an Historical Marker which reads:
"Matriz Church
13th Century
The mother church, also known as Holy Mary of the Door (Santa Maria da Porta), already existed at the end of the 12th century. Since then, the monument has been restored and enlarged, which has altered its original design. The main door and the north lateral door are the only remaining elements of its original design. The main door is formed by two rows of columns, joined in the recesses, with capitals that are decorated with vegetal motifs.
Thee north lateral door has a pointed archivolt that is suppoeted by two consoles, which bear a tympanum with a "lion" figure that stands out."
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1200

Age of Church building determined by?: Cornerstone or plaque

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Catholic

Street address of Church:
Melgaço, Viana do Castelo Portugal


Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Not listed

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: Not Listed

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed

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