Hospital and Church of San Marcos, Braga

There are beautiful churches everywhere in Braga.  The Hospital and Church of San Marcos, located on Largo Carlos Amarante, is one of the most beautiful.

There has been a church dedicated to Saint Mark on this site since the 12th century.  The original chapel, which was also a Templar convent, was replaced by a charity hospital in 1508.  In the 18th century the hospital and church underwent a major renovation designed by Braga architect Carlos Amarante, who also designed Bom Jesus do Monte, the famous sanctuary and pilgrimage site located just outside Braga.

The late baroque/ early neoclassical structure is topped with life-size statues of the apostles.  In a niche above the center door, a statue of Saint Mark watches over everyone who enters the building.  By the way, the purple banners are to announce the upcoming Semana Santa, or Holy Week.

Church of San Marcos

 

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