Photographer's Note

Roof top detail of Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish Church - Mother church of Viana do Alentejo located inside its Castle, 20km south of vora.
This was taken from the top of the Castle's walls: a narrow corridor bettween the church and the walls allow the visitor to go around the church and see details from a close approach that usually are too distant to be apreciated properly. It also has wonderful views over the town of Viana do Alentejo.

A friend of mine who is from this town told me that at the bottom of this bell tower there is a well, so that if something happens that causes the bell to fall, it falls into the well and it doesn't break.

For more pictures of this amazing architecture you can visit my first and second post of this church.

You can also see the complementar pictures:
WS1 - wider angle without the pigeons;
WS2 - closer approach of the tower with the view over the roofs of the town.


Unique, not merely in terms of Alentejo late gothic, but in the whole Portugal, the Parish Church marks, by its size, decoration and structure, this monumental group. It is atributed to Diogo de Arruda, one of the most important master stonemasons of the Manueline period.
Dedicated to Our Lady of the Annunciation, the church, in addition of being typical of the region's architecture, is a striking example os the aesthetic diversity characterizing the Manueline style. Here, we can find the gothic, Manueline sculptural exuberance, the mudejar influence, decorative renaissance features and an iconographic programme which links this diversity: royal heraldry.

For more information you can see here (IPPAR) but unfortunately it's only in Portuguese.

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