Far from Russia’s onion domes, this church in Ponte de Lima is nonetheless remarkable for its similar profile at the tower apex. This in fact is a recurring theme in Northern Baroque Architecture in Portugal. We read somewhere it was stonemasons from Galiza who spread the style around and gave a sort of identity to 18th c. churches in cities North of the Mondego. Whether this is true could be a great subject for a thesis, but the fact remains that the similarities are there.

We also love the stretched-out waterspouts which, together with the flaming urns really animate the tower and liken the whole to a ship moored at the River Lima.

Igreja de Santo António da Torre Velha, Ponte de Lima.

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