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Tavira, Convento da Graça

Tavira, Convento da Graça
Today this is a Pousada hotel, but until the 19th century the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça da Ordem de Santo Agostinho was an Augustinian monastery.

The building, which has some interesting Baroque and Renaissance features, has an interesting history. Until the late 15th century this area of Tavira housed the Jewish Quarter. However, in 1497, under pressure from the Spanish rulers Ferdinand and Isabella, whose daughter he had married, King Manuel 1st of Portugal decreed that all Jews who did not convert to Christianity were to be expelled from the country, without their children.

Some years later, a hermitage for barefoot monks was believed to have existed here, although one of its notable members, Brother Valentim da Luz was to fall foul of the Portuguese Inquisition and was put to death in Lisbon.

The building of the Convent of Our Lady of Grace started in the mid-16th century and is believed to have taken almost 100 years to be completed. The cloister was re-built in 1749 and the Baroque-style convent wings were added in the late 18th century. In 1834, political reforms led to the extinguishment of all Portuguese monasteries and the convent was used as a military barracks.

Today the hotel here retains a sense of calm and quiet, despite its central position. Hotel residents can enjoy the cloistered courtyard and well-tended gardens. Some of the hotel bedrooms are in the former monastic cells, although today the furnishings are much more comfortable than they would have once been.

Source: www.travel-in-portugal.com/attractions/convento-da-graca-tavira.htm

kiiti, Nouchetdu38, alains, Fred Fouarge and 21 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Stunning shot! Stay well!

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13 days ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
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Bem restaurado e fica bem de amarelo!
13 days ago.
 FotoArt
FotoArt club
Herrlich, Tavira, eine Urlaubserinnerung an 1977.
13 days ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Love this view and the colors ! And the memories of Tavira !
13 days ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Beautiful framing of this lovely building Isabel.
13 days ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Gorgeous building !! Magnificent yellow color against this blue sky !!!!!
13 days ago.
 Boro
Boro club
Superbe ***********
13 days ago.
 annaig56
annaig56 club
jaune et bleu ca va très bien ensemble top,,
13 days ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
Lindíssima, Isabel
13 days ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely old building with a fascinating history, I wonder how many of the hotel guests know its background.
13 days ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
wonderful this yellow!
13 days ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
I adore the pousadas....... have been in some of it..... remember one in Guimaresc
13 days ago.
 X-pose
X-pose club
Beautiful contrasting colors
13 days ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
An impressive building with a fascinating history
13 days ago.
 Xata
Xata club
OBRIGADA A TODOS
13 days ago.
 alains
alains
les branches du premier plan suggèrent une certaine tranquillité , mais je me méfie des couvents transformés en hôtels, j'y ai rarement eu de bonnes surprises.
bonne photo de pub
12 days ago. Edited 12 days ago.

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