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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolação

Or the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Elvas Portugal. It is a hidden treasure. Set in the charming little square of Largo de Santa Clara the church doesn’t look particularly interesting from the outside, but step indoors and the interior will take your breath away. The walls, pillars and ceiling are covered with stunning 17th century patterned tiles, and there are three ornate gilt altars, dedicated to St Dominic, John the Baptist and St Thomas Aquinas.

The church has an interesting history. The mysterious Knights Templar were known to have had a church here, dedicated to Mary Magdalene and the current structure was built in 1557 as part of a convent complex. What is unusual is that the church is octagonal in shape - a feature thought by many to date back to its Templar heritage. Travel in Portugal.

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