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Monuments in Silves

Igreja Matriz de São Bartolomeu de Messines

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Rua do Arco, 3
8375-145, São Bartolomeu de Messines

Silves

Temple built in the 16th century, during the transition period between Manueline and Renaissance style. It has an interesting baroque façade, added at a later date, with white walls and masonry work in red sandstone. The slender pulpit and corresponding access staircase, built with local marble, is a small baroque masterpiece. The church also possesses a valuable set of religious statues from the 16th to the 18th century. Of this collection special mention goes to the statues dedicated to the Virgin.

Igreja Matriz de São Marcos da Serra

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Largo da Igreja
8375-252, São Marcos da Serra

Silves

Church built on a longitudinal plan and composed of nave, chancel, bell-tower, baptismal chapel and sacristy. It is the town’s building that has the most urban impact. The doorway and the baptismal font exhibit traces of the manueline period.

Igreja de São Francisco

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Rua de São Francisco, 3-A
8365-204, Pêra

Silves

Church with longitudinal nave plant with lateral chapels and rectangular chancel. The sacristy has access to the outside beneath the Bell Tower. Conventual, religious and Baroque architecture.

Ponte de Silves

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Ponte Romana
8300, Silves

Silves

Roman bridge built over the widest point of the river Arade. The bridge is only suitable for pedestrian crossing and features five round arches. Medieval bridge whose construction dragged on for several years and which has been subject to several rebuilding episodes.

Fonte Nova da Partilha

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Rua do Poleirão
8375, São Marcos da Serra

Silves

Estátua do Largo do Hospital

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Rua da Misericórdia
8300, Silves

Silves

Estátua de João de Deus

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Rua João de Deus
8375, São Bartolomeu de Messines

Silves

Statue that pays homage to João de Deus. João de Deus was an eminent lyrical poet who, during his lifetime, was considered to be foremost amongst his peers. He was also the pioneer of a new teaching method that aimed to simplify teaching reading to children, the Cartilha Maternal. He was very popular during his lifetime and as such was laid to rest at the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional). To this day he is still referred to as the poet of love.

Busto Doutor António Bernardino Ramos

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Rua do Castelo
8375, São Marcos da Serra

Silves

Praça Al'Mutamid

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Rua da Cruz de Portugal
8300, Silves

Silves

Al'Mutadid, lord of Seville, conquered the city of Silves in 1053 and his son, Al'Mutamid, was appointed to rule over it at the tender age of 12. It was during this time that, alongside Ibn Ammar, a local poet, Al'Mutamid dedicated himself to poetry, music and singing. When forced to return to Seville he wrote a famous poem saluting the city of Silves.

Arco da Rebola

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Rua Cruz da Palmeira
8300, Silves

Silves

The defensive system that once enveloped the entire city of Silves was quite complete and sophisticated. It was divided into the following parts: the fortress, Almedina walls (walls protecting the central part of town), the armour, Arrabalde walls (walls protecting the suburbs) and it probably also had moats and countermures. Nowadays, the only remnant of the Arrabalde walls (in the downtown area) is the well known Rebolda arch.

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