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Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo

The Church of Meinedo, dating from the 13th-14th centuries, features architectonic and decorative characteristics that stand out for their simplicity, regardless of their great historic and artistic value. The campaign of archaeological excavations held between 1991 and 1993 allowed the identification of part of the chapel as a building which may date back to the Suevi period [5th-6th centuries]. In 1113, the bishop of Porto, D. Hugo, gained the "Couto" [place with privileges] of the Monastery of Saint Thyrsus of Meinedo from King Afonso Henriques, monarch at the time. According to legend, during the Visigoth occupation of the 6th century, this Monastery housed the body of Saint Thyrsus, who came from the city of Constantinople. Meinedo would have been the seat of a bishopric in this period. The Church presents a single nave with a rectangular apse, both with wooden roofing. The main portal has archivolts decorated with pearl motifs. Inside the Church, the abundant and original ornamentation of the crossing arch and the chancel stands out, combining the Mannerist and Baroque styles. Regarding the latter, the emphasis lies in the tiles and the ceiling which depict themes of Marian life. The sculpture of Our Lady of Meinedo, or Our Lady of the Snows, is a Gothic work constructed in polychromatic limestone.  
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