December 23, 2012

Arco da Vila Faro

The neoclassical Arco da Vila in Faro is a main entry gate into Faro's Old Town (Cidade Velha). The Arco da Vila was designed by Genoese architect Francesco Xavier Fabri, commissioned by Bishop Francisco Gomes, who supervised the reconstruction of Faro after the devastating earthquake of 1755.

Arco da Vila Faro, Algarve, Portugal


The top of the arch of Arco da Vila includes a clock and bell and the figure in the niche at the front of the arch is St. Thomas Aquinas. The archway stands on the site of the ancient entry gate into the Moorish city. Nesting storks may also be seen here.

Arco da Vila Faro, Algarve


Architect Francesco Xavier Fabri (1761-1817) was responsible for the design of the nearby Igreja da Misericórdia, the Seminário Episcopal and the Ermida de São Luís. The Tourist Information Center is virtually next door, to the left as you look at the arch. Walk through the arch and up to Largo da Se (Cathedral Square).

Arco da Vila Faro


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December 22, 2012

Igreja da Misericórdia Faro

The Igreja da Misericórdia on Praça D. Francisco Gomes in Faro dates from 1581 and is a noted historic building in the town.

Igreja da Misericórdia, Faro


The church was built on the site of the earlier Igreja Manuelina do Espírito Santo.

The Igreja da Misericórdia is designed in the shape of a Greek Cross. The facade and attached hospital were rebuilt by the noted Italian architect Francesco Xavier Fabri (1761-1817), who was responsible for the design of a number of buildings in Faro including the Arco da Vila, the Seminário Episcopal and the Ermida de São Luís.

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