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The Igreja de Santo Ildefonso is an eighteenth-century church in Porto, Portugal. The church is located near Batalha Square.Completed in 1739, the church was built in a proto-Baroque style and features a retable by the Italian artist Nicolau Nasoni and a façade of azulejo tilework. The church is named in honour of the Visigoth, Ildephonsus of Toledo, bishop of Toledo from 657 until his death in 667.HistoryPrior to the building of the church of Saint Ildefonso, a chapel, known as Santo Alifon, stood on the site. Its construction date is unknown, but several early texts mention its existence. The earliest known reference to the site and the original chapel is in a work by a bishop of Porto, Vicente Mendes, dated 1296.The aged chapel, in danger of collapsing, was demolished in 1709 and construction began on the new church that year. The building took thirty years to complete, finally inaugurated and blessed on 18 July 1739. The first stage of construction was completed in 1730, when the main body was finished and the tympanum, bearing the date M DCC XXX (1730), was placed. The second construction phase, from 1730 to 1739, saw the erection of the two bell towers, and the façade and narthex were finalised.The architect of the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso is unknown, although records exist giving the names of the carpenters, masons, and locksmith who worked on the building. Before you visit Porto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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Located nearby Praça da Batalha, stands on top of an adjoining hill Inside includes a framed altarpiece by the prolific Italian architect, which works can be found over over Porto including the Torre.... more
Located nearby Praça da Batalha, stands on top of an adjoining hill Inside includes a framed altarpiece by the prolific Italian architect, which works can be found over over Porto including the Torre.... more »
Take some photos outside this large church on the top of a hill. The outside is impressive. Inside is a museum of forgettable church pieces that are somewhat cartoonish. And the interior of the...
Take some photos outside this large church on the top of a hill. The outside is impressive. Inside is a museum of forgettable church pieces that are somewhat cartoonish. And the interior of the... more »
Beautiful church in the middle of Old Town Porto. We came right at sunset and the front of the church was lit up from the sunset. A beautiful church on the outside. Inside was beautiful as well.
17th century Catholic Church in Porto, Portugal. The detail of every bit of this church is amazing. 2 euros donation to enter and there is a lot to see inside. There’s also a few floors of museum pieces. Definitely worth the visit!
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