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Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao

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Truly beutiful

We called into the church on our way up to the castle, and we were so glad that we did. It started... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Margate, United Kingdom
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Former mosque new church

The church was created by transforming an Islamic mosque. The mix of the two religions is quite... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
Jean-Claude A
Montreal, Canada
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Rua da Igreja, Mertola 7750-338, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called into the church on our way up to the castle, and we were so glad that we did. It started life as a mosque and was converted to a church in the thirteenth century it’s now dedicated to Our Lady of the vine,...More

Thank Pinkdimond
Reviewed September 16, 2018

The church was created by transforming an Islamic mosque. The mix of the two religions is quite amazing and can be analyzed and viewed from the inside and the outside. Besides the church the whole little town is worth visiting. The small streets are full...More

Thank Jean-Claude A
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Really nice church. The most interesting is that inside still looks like a mosque. This makes it unique and well worth a visit.

Thank Ana L
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Located just below the castle this church has an ancient history as it was originally a mosque and converted to Christianity in the 1200s by the Knights of St James ( Santiago) The arches inside are pretty. Takes just a moment to see.

Thank Lesterbeach
Reviewed August 27, 2017

This church used to be a mosque and contrary to other places in Portugal this still shows. Interesting to pop in when you're in Mertola.

Thank bnbass
Reviewed July 2, 2017

Because of its history as a mosque, this little church is quite unique. In the wall behind the altar you can still see the Mihrab. And the doors have the typical Moorish 'key hole' shape. Very cool that this feature was cherished over the years...More

Thank Ellen_and_Pedro
Reviewed May 19, 2017

The church is right below the castle. There is parking on the street. The road uphill to it is challenging, especially if you don't have a small car and aren't completely comfortable with stick shift. The church originally served as a mosque. hence the architecture...More

Thank John M
Reviewed April 20, 2017

The 'Igreja Matriz' or Mertola's Main Church is a XVI century church although in the XII century a Mosque was built here and one century later turned into a Christian Temple. It's dedicated to Our Lady of the Annunciation. The building has the status of...More

Thank PedroRBC
Reviewed April 8, 2017

This is a church that was once a mosque. It is the only one in Portugal that maintained the original structure when it was converted. An interestiung museum around back and underneath showing the progressive nature of the construction on the site. Not at all...More

Thank Chileice
Reviewed October 25, 2016

This was once a mosque which has been converted to a church. The calm white interior looks very crisp and cool and is sure to make you relax, even on a hot day.

Thank EllenNordvik
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