Amarante is really about a church and a bridge. Whatever else is there, everything revolves around these two, and the many evocative and wonderful vistas afforded by a placid river and its margins. The church is fully Mannerist outside, and even by Portuguese standards quite bizarre: an ensemble made out of very different parts cobbled together to create the most picturesque effect possible. The façade looking towards the river has an enormous blind wall with an arched gallery on top; a full-fledged Flemish Triumphal Arch motif surrounding the side door, complete with Solomonic columns and strapwork, a simple transept gable with a (sadly under repair) large window, an ornate bullseye at the ground level and a large oriel window, supported by stone volutes, at the altar side. To top it off, a large dome covered in tiles and surmounted by a lantern, in a hat shape vaguely reminiscent of Mughal examples.
Igreja de São Gonçalo, Amarante, Architect Mateus Lopes (Mateo Lopez)