Igreja de São João Baptista Main Church of Ponte da Barca

Discover the Parish Church of Ponte da Barca on your way through the North of Portugal.

Igreja de São João Baptista Main Church of Ponte da Barca
Igreja de São João Baptista Church
© Vitor Oliveira

The Igreja de São João Batista Church, mother church of the town of Ponte da Barca, was built between 1717 and 1738 according to the plans of the famous local architect Manuel Pinto de Villalobos.

This temple has various side chapels that have a rather unusual shape. Its facade, unstable ever since a strike of lightning destroyed the tower on the right, combines the Mannerist and Baroque styles and shows a prominence of the Baptism of Christ.

Inside it is worth to pay attention to its wooden ceiling, painted to imitate a rib vault, as well as to the baroque reredos (1727) made of gilded wood that can be found in the presbytery and the panels of polychrome tiles of one of the chapels.

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Rua Trás do Forno, Ponte da Barca.

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Free admission.

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