Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Rocha - Lagoa, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
N 37° 05.756 W 008° 23.190
29S E 554518 N 4105690
This is a spectacular chapel, built on the top of oceanic cliffs.
Waymark Code: WMF940
Location: Faro, Portugal
Date Posted: 09/13/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 8

The chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha stands of the top of a cliff, well into the ocean, not far from the touristic town of Armação de Pêra, in Southern Portugal. It's a special place, extremely beautiful, specially in a sunny day. From the spot one will observe a couple of nice beaches and can take one of the hiking trails along the coast.

Although it's not obvious, the chapel was once inside a defensive fort.

From Wikipedia:

"The chapel is composed of two spaces essentially: a large rectangular narthex, open to the exterior through a triple arcade of columns and two Corinthian capitals (dated to the 3rd-4th century); and a rectangular space with copula, atypical of other regional religious temples. The articulated volumes includes horizontal spaces with tiled roof over the main annex, while the aba extending to the sacristy and pyramidal spire over the main chapel.

The main façade of the chapel (oriented towards the west), includes two spaces that correspond to the galilé and sacristy (which is slightly recessed). The body of the galilé is marked by three arches over two columns of shafts, consisting of a concave base and plinth, with the northern relief consisting of scrolls and palmettes with stylized triangles.

In the interior, the copula is covered by wood with a modern retable, divided into three section, aligned to the eastern-facing wall. It is marked by a rounded arch, with its nave extending to an alter composed of retable with four ionic columns, presenting an image of the Virgin Mary. The orctagonal false copula is covered in wood framework.

The fort is constituted by a curtin of walls marked by a main gate. The sides of the structures and spire are constructed of reused masonry white-washed and in grey."

For extensive information, please read the original article: (visit link)
Type of Church: Chapel

Status of Building: Restored building not in use

Diocese: Faro

Ermida de Nossa Senhora das Neves
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Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Date of building construction: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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