Igreja do Salvador de Aveleda

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Church of the Saviour of Aveleda

The foundations of the Church of the Saviour of Aveleda date back to the 11th or 12th century. In 1177, Vela Rodrigues donated the Church to the Monastery of Paço de Sousa. The architecture and ornamentation of the current building, dating from the end of the 13th century or the beginning of the 14th century, are evocative of the long persistence of the Romanesque shapes which characterise Portuguese medieval architecture. The main portal preserves the most evident, though very late, Romanesque elements in the columns [botanical capitals, circular shafts, bulb-like bases] and clean tympanum.  The lateral portals without columns and the modillions stripped from decoration also reflect the late character of the construction. A typically Romanesque drip-course runs along the exterior walls of the nave. The bell-tower, the chancel and the sacristy are most likely 17th and 18th century. The collateral altars, the pulpit, the painting of the nave ceilings and the crossing arch, as well as the coffered ceiling of the chancel with symbols of the Litanies to the Virgin, are Modern Age works which also deserve a mention. The presence of a decorated piece, which may be found in one of the steps inside the Church, may point to the former existence of an ancient Visigoth or Mozarabic construction [5th-8th centuries].

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