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Monuments in Faro
Rua do Repouso
Entrance door to the meedieval walls, built by the muslim prince Bem Bekr as a defense against the Christian invasions. It's constituded by two watchtowers with two sid entrances.
Rua de Faro
The roman village of Milreu, dating back to the 1st or 2nd centuries, was remodeled during the 4th century and occupied until the 6th or 7th centuries. Nowadays, one can clearly see the structures of a great manor, built during the 1st century and remodeled in the 3rd and 4th centuries, the agricultural installations, a bathhouse and a temple. It is classified as a National Monument.
Rua Serpa Pinto
The church of the Capuchos was built at the beggining of the 17th century and has a façade with arcades and a niche, which is charactristic of the Capuchos architecture. It has an important set of 18th century tiles in the main chapel, representing each step in Saint Anthony's life, and on the side walls, representing Saint Anthony's death and the descent of the cross.
Rua do Municipio
In the centre of the vilage, at the Largo da Sé, this arch is one of the most relevant architectural sets in the Algarve. This monumental portal was rebuilt in the 19th century. Inside there is an arab portico, unique in the entire Algarve region. In the niche above the archway there is a white marble image of Saint Thomas of Aquine.
Largo de São Pedro
Built in the 16th century in the place of a hermitage where the sailors went to pray, it was deeply modified after the earthquake of 1755. The main chapel is decorated with a panel of the end of the 17th century, which belongs to the experimental baroque epoch. A stone image of Nossa Senhora da Esperança and yet another image of Santa Ana, credited to the sculptor Machade de Castro, ar part of this church's assets, that also includes paintings and images from several convents.
Largo do Carmo
The Church of the Venerável Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, one of the most important religious monuments in the Algarve, was inaugurated in 1719. The Bone Chapel, on its interior, was built in 1816 with the bones of a graveyard that existed nearby.
Praça Dom Francisco Gomes
This church, sided by a hospital, started its construction in 1581, in the place of the old Espírito Santo hermitage, by order of the bishop Dom Afonso Castelo Branco. In the sequence of the great damage inflicted by the earthquake in 1755, the façade was remodelled and a new hospital was built.
Largo da Sé
Of its primitive roman-gothic construction only the belltower and two cruise chapels are left. A robbery and a fire, in 1596, called for great works, which proceeded later as a result of the earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. The church has several influences: gothic, renaissance and baroque. In its interior one should pay close attention to the tiles, the statues and the scultired wood, which constitute one of the most valuable examples of 17th and 18th centuries art in the Algarve.
Rua de São Pedro, 10-14
Built in the second half of the 18th century, the façade has four windows with a balcony and a cornice. One should notice the yard, which is tipically of the 17th century. It is also known as Solar Cúmano. It is highly degraded.
Praça Dom Afonso III, 14
This convent, founded by Dona Leonor, is an important example of the first Renaissance art in the Algarve. The church's dome has a rococo decoration of the 18th century. There is also a curious watchtower of the 16th century.