(Fr. de Santa Maria Maior)
(Igreja do Loreto)
Estátuas na Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Loreto
Statues at the Church of Our Lady of Loreto
The Loreto Church has remote origins in the 13th century, yet the present building dates from from 1676, and with the big earthquake and fire of 1755 got quite destroyed, and consequently restored and re-built in 1785.
The main façade has in top a statue of Our Lady of Loreto, above the door the pontifical coat of arms of Borromini (17th century), and in niches on the sides statues of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Above the door in the west façade is a relief of Our Lady with Child, flankend by two Angels.
Nossa Senhora do Loreto / Our Lady of Loreto
São Pedro / St. Peter
(possibly died AD 67), apostle, featured prominently in the New Testament and the Acts of the Apostles. Patron saint of locksmiths and confessors. Usually depicted holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his hand. Peter is the first Pope
São Paulo / St. Paul
the Apostle, (c. 5 - c. 67 ), persecuted the early followers of Jesus before switching sides and seeking to join them. He was instrumental in creating the Christian Church. He is the protector of tent-makers, theologians and the ecclesiastical press and is depicted with a sword.
Relief above the west door.
Sources & Information
Location N 38°42'38" W 9°8'34"
Item Code: ptli020; Photograph: 28 August 2017
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