Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo (Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel), also Igreja do Carmo, is a church and convent complex in Luanda, Angola. Thanks to its good condition, the church is considered to be one of the country's most important religious monuments.[1]

Interior decoration with Lisbon tiles

Under the patronage of Queen Luisa de Guzmán, the church was completed in 1689. It was built by the Carmelites who arrived in Luanda in 1659. The simple structure has a plain facade surmounted by a triangular gable.[2] The building had seriously decayed by 1828 but was restored by Dominican priests.[3] The interior is decorated with carved altars, gilded sculptures, frescos and Lisbon tilework.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo" (in Portuguese). SIPA. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ "As três igrejas mais antigas de Luanda" (in Portuguese). SapoNotícias. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Churches in Angola". Welcome to Angola. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ "7 Maravilhas de Origem Portuguesa no Mundo ? Candidatos da África" (in Portuguese). EcoD. Retrieved 29 May 2015.

Coordinates: 8°48′58″S 13°13′59″E / 8.81611°S 13.23306°E / -8.81611; 13.23306