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Church of Sao Joao do Souto (Igreja de Sao Joao do Souto) description and photos - Portugal: Braga. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Igreja de Sao Joao do Souto.
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In the old part of Braga, there are many historical monuments from the Middle Ages that are worth seeing. The Church of Sao Joao do Souto falls into this category. The temple was founded in the XII century, but to this day, unfortunately, little has survived from the church. Its original appearance was completely changed due to the reconstructions that took place in the 16th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The Church of Sao Joao do Souto is a typical example of the Gothic style in Portuguese architecture. The facade of the church is decorated with a sign on which the inscription is made: "On July 25, 1551, Francisco Sanchez, the great physician and philosopher of the Renaissance, was baptized in this temple." In the square where the Church of Sao Joao do Souto is located, stands a monument to Francisco Sanchez.
The church is named after St. John the Baptist (in Portuguese - Sao Joao). The holiday in honor of this saint can be called one of the most popular in Portugal. On the night of June 23-24, celebrations are held throughout the country every year. In Braga, which is considered the religious capital of Portugal, this holiday is given special significance. The first mention of this celebration dates back to the XIV century. The city is decorated with flowers, fairs are held, a procession is held along the street, led by figures of Saints John, Peter and Anthony of Padua.
Next to the church is the old Coimbras Chapel, two buildings adjoin each other. The Coimbras Chapel was built in the 16th century in the Manueline style under the leadership of the archbishop and famous 16th century politician of Braga Diego de Sousa. It used to be a closed church.
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