The Igreja da Misericordia

A week ago I left you standing outside the church remember? Let’s have a peep inside today, in we go and turn around.
See the walls? they aren’t painted, they’re azulejos, traditional blue and white Portuguese tiles, and they were created in the 18th century. The Igreja da Misericordia is a 16th century Renaissance building, with an 18th century Baroque interior. On the walls the azulejos depict the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. There are seven on each side.

The left side

and the right. Here they are in situ.

You can probably tell that I was totally bowled over by the Igreja. I’ll show you some of the details that I loved.

When you visit the Igreja you are greeted warmly by a local lady. She gives a brief explanation of the inside. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome. Earlier that day, she said that very afternoon would be the best possible time to come back. So I’ll be back one last time to show you why.


13 thoughts on “The Igreja da Misericordia

  1. I suppose they use the tiles like we tend to use stained glass in our churches. I can see why you were rather taken with it and you did very well with photographing those azulejos given the amount of reflection in there.

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