Tavira Churches

Ermida de São Brás

Next to the Igreja do Carmo. is a small hermitage from the Middle Ages which belonged to the Fraternity of  São Brás for several centuries.
Once situated outside the city, this small hermitage of late-medieval origin was administered by the brotherhood of São Brás. Oriented to the spring, the temple consists of a single nave and chancel, having attached the house of the hermit. In the sixteenth century they were venerated here, in three altars, São Brás (in the center of the chancel), St. Anthony (side of the Gospel) and Santa Barbara (side of the Epistle). A campaign of works that took place in the second half of the eighteenth century, which is attributed to the master construction site Diogo Tavares and Ataíde or any of his followers, gives new forms to the temple, gaining this its current aspect. An old porch was annulled and the nave was enlarged, renewing the appearance of the main façade with a portal and window with expressive frames in stonework and a dynamic pediment of the Rococo period. Inside the temple, you can admire two wooden images, one of Our Lady and the other of the patron saint.

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