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“Church is gorgeous”

Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio)
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Lagos and Sagres Half-Day Tour from the Algarve
Ranked #26 of 86 things to do in Lagos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

The small church is a gorgeous example of high Baroque. The museum is old fashioned in presentation, rather eclectic in content, and a bit of a warren to navigate, but fun to wander around with all sorts of little treasures. There's something for everyone here whether you are interested in costumes, coins, social history, religion, etc.

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"gold leaf"
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"interesting museum"
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"wood carvings"
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"national monument"
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"gold plated"
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"no photos allowed"
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"baroque style"
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"ship models"
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"no photography"
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"guide book"
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"history buff"
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"quick look"
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"euros per person"
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"entry fee"
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"slave market"
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This is a wonderful church, mass is said there each year on St Anthony's feast day, 13th June. The gold work is just amazing to see. The vestments are splendid. They also have a wonderful collection of old coins on view.

Thank Catherine C
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Interesting museum of folk life in the Algarve with models and exhibits that brought it all to life. All the exhibits and diaramas were well displayed, but the descriptions were very small and not best placed to read easily (especially in the low lighting. Separate rooms showed some military history and also archeology. The main attraction though is the church itself - an awesomely detailed and intricate gilded carving with some interesting paintings and architecture.

Thank tracerWarwick_
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

You would never imagine that for the unpreposessing outside the oppulent chapel is inside. There is so much gold on the walls and beautiful ceilings in the chapel. Also there is a painting on which if you look at the right shoe the feet seem to follow you.

Thank Louannhood
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

The Church of Santo Antonio is one of the most beautiful I saw in Portugal. Visitors enter through a small museum that contains artifacts of local interest that range from stone age tools to Roman antiquities to ship models. All this is fine, and somewhat interesting, but the real jewel is the interior of the church, which is simply splendid.

The interior offers really wonderful examples of Baroque carvings of beasts, cherubs, vines, hunting motifs, and more - and all of them beautifully gilded. The lower walls are covered in very fine blue and white tiles. No photographs are permitted, so I can only offer a shot of the exterior from the main shopping street. Don't miss this gem of a site.

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