Historic chapel in Marvão

The Ermida de São Mamede

Capela de São Mamede, a 16th-century chapel close to Alentejo.

The Ermida de São Mamede sits in the green hills of Alentejo, Portugal. This small chapel is an important part of Portugal's religious heritage and architectural history.

Built in the 16th century, the chapel is a fine example of Portuguese Manueline style, known for its detailed stonework and sea-related designs, which were inspired by Portugal's seafaring achievements during that era. It is named for Saint Mammes, who is held in high regard by the community and honored each year with a lively local festival that brings music and traditional foods.

Reaching the chapel takes a little work because it's not on the main tourist trail.

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