Hispanic countries particularly favour ornate churches, heavy on or moulu, gilding, statuary and harrowing memorials… The Igreja de Sao Roque is a curious example, being at once austere and rococco: the exterior and the architecture itself as so simple as to be almost Calvinist, but in every niche, on every side altar, you will find the lush, ornate, rhapsodic high art of Catholicism. The paintings are of a very high standard, and the high altar is exceptionally fine. It marries a simple serenity with the baroque in a way that is very moving.
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