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SHIP OF SOULS | Old Portuguese Stuff

SHIP OF SOULS

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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