We live around the corner from this church and, not surprisingly, just visited for the first time not too long ago. Three things surprised us. The first is the bizarre modern chandeliers, almost in the style of André Arbus: classically composed with great curved ironwork, but made of “hip” modern elements like those brass boomerangs around the large ring – they are comically out of place but we couldn’t stop looking at them. The second is the entry screen, almost in the style of an English Georgian building: complete with Adamesque batwing fan detailing at the arched transoms. Finally, as the church was built on the late 19th c. you can see how the stone is now cut with razor-sharp precision and detail (not easy on granite) and the plaster ceiling ornaments are similar to what you still find in the townhouses of the period.
An Industrial Revolution Church then, in what used to be a neighborhood of factories.
Igreja do Bonfim, Porto