One of the ruined churches, the Igreja do Carmo, was preserved in its ruined state and is now a remarkable archeological museum. Built in the 14th century, the original plan was to restore the church, but then ruins became romantic and fashionable and the church was left as it was.
Let's take a look.
Here's how it looks from the street. Not very exciting, actually.
But you enter the old church and are confronted with this.
The vault collapsed, but the arches remain.
I could not get enough pictures of this fascinating place.
Warped quatrefoil window.
A graceful ship
Ian strolls the nave.
Earthquake damage, I presume.
At the back of the church, in the old sacristy, there's still a roof, and in this space is the archeological museum with objects--arrowheads, idols--from the area's prehistoric society. No photography was allowed in here, which is too bad, because the vaults, with their inner layer of old bricks exposed, gave a unique view of how medieval churches were constructed. It was a little like being inside a David Macaulay book.
Outside the church.
Looking down on the street below the church.
Castelo de Sao Jorge, seen from outside the church.