The Church in Mértola goes back, like so much in the Alentejo, to almost pure abstraction of form as the whitewashed surfaces shine under the bright sun. However, contrary to the taut and merciless edges of the Parthenon which were so admired by the orthodox modernists, here we have a poor region with no resources for very straight lines, let alone more stone than a simple door surround. Therefore the moldings are bulbous and the lines sweetened by the plasticity of lime. The roof line is crenelated and pinnacled and this simple motif raises the austere basic mass to its proper urban significance.
Next time hopefully we’ll find it open!
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Anunciação, Mértola, Baixo Alentejo.