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Pitões das Júnias - Vila-Real

This primitive monastic church belonged to the monastery that originates from the 12th Century, even though, some of its additions, like the East End, date back to the 15th Century.  Now, the church has a single nave and a main rectangular chancel that is narrower than the nave.  Three doorways serve as entrances to the interior.  One is located on the western facade and two on either side of the nave.
The doorway opens up on the main facade and is formed by two archivolts that rest on pilasters.  The tympanum is decorated with a cross engraved within a circle.  Above this rises a Classicist bell tower.  The other two doorways were transformed in more modern times, however, they still conserve the tympanum.  The lateral facades of the nave are finished off by a cornice and a frieze with two zig zag lines.  Ruins from the ancient monastic out buildings are scattered around what was once the cloister located to the south of the church.

A frieze with billet decoration runs along the interior of the nave except in the East End.  Here, the protagonist is the rib vaulting.  The carved wooden altarpiece prevails in the East end.  In the center, the tabernacle has an Agnus Dei motif.  The other two altars are from the 20th century.

Pitões das Júnias


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