Museu de Arte Sacra da Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, Porto

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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.
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  • Beautiful church on a little hill, in front of where Rua de 31 Janeiro begins from Rua de Santa Catarina. The facade is covered with beautiful azulejos. The church looks like needs a bit of...  more »
  • Easy to find in the middle of a square. The square itself leads to the popular Rue Santa Catarina (nice for shopping). Yes, another beautiful church in the middle of the old town covered with...  more »
  • Just opposite Mercure Hotel within walking distance, on a small hill. Loved the interior. A nice small classy church.  more »
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  • It's quite nice, worth stopping by if you are in the area. Unfortunately quite a bit of graffiti on the side. Maybe spent about 5 minutes here then went to visit one of the other tiled churches.
  • I appreciated that the organ was not put in front of the stained glass window. Museum in it had a nice but small collection of religious artifacts.
  • Beautifully lit up at night. With a lovely gelato place opposite.
  • DescriptionThe 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 1932 azulejo tilework.
  • The out look was extremely beautiful, sadly I was not able to visit. ;-;

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