Igreja de Santa Maria de Jazente

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Church of Saint Mary of Jazente

A building with elements that may be included in the category of late Romanesque, the Church of Jazente presents itself as an important historical record of the ancient boundaries of the diocese of Porto. The façade is dominated by the portal, one of the elements that best exposes its late construction, but it is in its tympanum that lies its greatest originality. Here we observe a cross pattée overlapping an identical motif, engraved on the lintel supporting it. By the end of Romanesque, there was a tendency to punch the tympanum, not only with the casting of crosses, but also with other orifices. Such is confirmed by the five circle-shaped openings, that form a cross, surrounded by a double circle engraved in granite on the south side portal. Inside, the Gothic sculpture representing the patron saint of the Church, the Virgin with the Child Jesus in her arms, of the so-called “Jazente”, stands out. This is a work in polychrome limestone in which Mother and Son transpire maternal and filial love. Jazente is also recognized for being the abbey of Paulino Cabral (1719-1789) who preached here between 1752 and 1784, from “Arcadismo”, a literary movement of a classicist nature whose leading figure was Bocage.

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