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St. Lawrence's Church

Rua da Igreja | Sao Lourenco, Almancil 8135-027, Portugal
+351 289 395 451
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Almancil
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

30 minutes well spent.....buy the guide leaflet - its a unique church, the tiles are superb, and the story of the church, and St Lawrence will keep the kids entertained for 30 minutes. Worth a detour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just off the main road through Amancil we found it. On the outside this white church with tile trim seemed lovely but not extraordinary. Visitors leaving whispered, "It's definitely worth the change to get inside". We paid our coins, entered the chapel and our jaws dropped. The interior is completely tiled in royal blue and white azulejo tiles, depicting the... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We have visited this Church many times and I am ashamed to say we have never commented on it before, MEA CULPA!!! If you ever venture to this area on holiday please take time to visit it, this is a most magnificent Church and we have seen many! Votive candles are not available but as in many Church's lights replace... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Amazed at the golden altar I've never seen anything like it before, neither have I visited a church so small. The walls and ceilings are covered with blue and white tiles depicting the story of Saint Lawrence. Cost of entry 2 euros per person (well worth it) buy the leaflet for 60cents if you don't know the full story before... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

For such a small church in a small town this was really stunning. The rococo altar and sanctuary are exquisite . The tiled antechamber is lovely too and a peaceful place for a rest.The fee of 2 euro is well worth it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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57 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Active,still used church.small but stunning,very roccoco gold lamination of the whole altar and back wall,tiled all over the walls,some pictures quite disturbing,elegant from the outside.can be seen easily from the road,no photos allowed inside.really worth a visit

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Roseland, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The dome of this azulejo tiled chapel is a beautiful miracle. While the entire church is a gem built once the townsfolk found water following famine, the small yet elegant sanctuary is overwhelmingly beautiful and spiritual. I cannot recommend this too highly for those who admire the art of these tiles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Not easy to find as it is just off the e125 a busy road in almancil. The chapel is wonderful but there is an entry fee

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Cotswolds UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Firstly how to find the church. . Other review say it is in Almancil. . Well its not in the town. it is actually just off the N125 on a tiny slip road and can only be accessed if travelling towards. Faro. .. it is on a hill and canbe seen from the main road once you have gone past... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a beautiful church with amazing decorations. Well worth also attending Mass, which is held in Portuguese and English. We went there for Christmas and really enjoyed it.

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