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Church of S. João Novo

Built on the escarpment leading down to the Douro the "Boa Vista" monastery and church dominate the river and the landscape around the historic centre that grew on the north bank of the Douro. It still dominates the landscape on the southern shore and the mouth of the Douro. The construction took in the XIV century wall, which anchored the construction of the church and monastery. Parts of the wall are visible.

The mobile canvas of the main altar, depicting Saint Augustine’s Vision, is  by John Glama Stroberle, a painter of German origin, who was born in Lisbon in 1708. In 1734 John Glama Stroberle left for Rome where he studied at the Academy of St Luke. He returned to Portugal under the patronage of Friar José Maria da Fonseca e Évora, bishop of Oporto. Stroberle left several works in Oporto.

Built in a Latin cross plan, the church was constructed over the ancient chapel of St. John of Belmonte of the Augustinian friars. It shares great artistic and architectural similarities with the former Jesuit collegiate church of St. Lawrence. It features carved altars and tiles from the Baroque period (seventeenth century). The main altar was enriched with an altarpiece dating from the period between 1757 and 1766. The choir consists of a single row of stalls and on the Gospel side is located a pipe organ. The tiles depicting the life of St. Rita, by Bartolomeu Antunes and located on the side altar of Santa Rita, are worth mentioning, as well as the image of Our Lady of Guia, by Manuel Miranda, located in the side Altar on the epistle side of Nossa Senhora da Guia. 

Altar- mor da Igreja de S. João Novo Órgão de tubos no coro alto Altar de Santa Rita com azulejos alusivos à vida de santa Rita de Cássia. Imagem de Santo Ovídeo no plano central em baixo Altar do Senhor dos Passos


Worship times: Thursday at 9am and Saturday at 5.30 pm

Religious Feasts: St John, on the 24th of June

Duration of the guided tour - 20minutes

Opening hours:

Monday – 9am – 11 am and 3pm – 5pm

Tuesday to Friday - 9am – 5pm

Saturday – 10am – 2pm and 3pm – 6pm

Sunday – Closed

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