Planned as a slaughterhouse, this giant building in the middle of Beja was transformed into a church halfway into its construction in the 1600s. We are not sure this is the sole reason for such an unusually articulated and monumental arcade, but the effect is somewhat disconcerting as there are not many purely Renaissance buildings in Portugal to speak of. As close as it gets to a Serlian composition, the Architect is said to be Diogo de Torralva. Delightful details abound, such as the progression at the corners from the external heavy rusticated quoins to straight simple columns to proper Corinthian columns.
Beja, Igreja da Misericórdia.