Barrow D. Luís da Silveira (Count Sortelha) (*) Igreja Matriz in de Góis

If you pass by the peaceful village of Gois should visit 3 Notable locations: the Cerro da Nossa Senhora da Candosa (*), urban park in the village river Ceira (*) and this Renaissance tomb of D. Luís da Silveira (Count Sortelha) (*) Igreja Matriz in de Góis
Who was Luis da Silveira?
As the internet readings are bias and not because we want to abandon us immediately, just say it was one of the most important figures of Portugal in the sixteenth century: Military sheets, politician and courtier during the reigns of Manuel and John III being guard-mor, comptroller of the major works of the kingdom and later friend and ambassador at the court of Charles V, the most important man of his time.

When he returned to Portugal, was welcomed with very cold, by King John III and despite, retired to Gois still being honored as Earl of Sortelha. Never returned to court, and its idyllic retreat died in 1534. Luís da Silveira was also an interesting poet.

Tomb Luis Silveira in Gois

The Church of Gois
Mother Church has a single nave and is relatively banal having interesting chapel built in 1529-1531 vaulted coffered ceilings with having the keys of the vault shell Luís da Silveira and ornaments of the Renaissance. No altar-mor, seventeenth century, Sixteenth-century boards are of some value with influences from Grão Vasco. But what truly brings us here is the Renaissance tomb of Luís da Silveira.
The tomb is one of the most beautiful Renaissance in Portugal, rivaling those of St. Mark's Church (Coimbra) (***), Trophy Vouga (Agueda) (*), Mother Church of Óbidos (*) and with the Convent St. Bernard (Portalegre) (**).
The tomb dates from 1531 and presents on mausuléu, the figure of Count Sortelha, knees, armed and in prayer, with the helmet to toe and an open book on the bench, with an inscription from the book of Psalms.
It is interesting how his face was carved with his long, wavy beard and open mouth. The statue is one of the most striking figures of the Portuguese Renaissance. The statue may have left the chisel Hodart or Chanterene.
We all know as "Dog is man's best friend", Also this stone Ançã, is the best friend of the Portuguese Renaissance sculptors and here she is with all her strength in this tomb.
The ark with your friend rests on a base where two angels hold a card, and integrates into profusely decorated arch, in whose background is seen a bas-relief of Our Lady. Among Archivolts entablature and stress are two medallions.
And you can see in Gois
Before leaving Gois advantage to visit the bridge built in 1533 at the request of Louis Silveira that makes an interesting combination with the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Ceira river here is a pleasant river beach. If you still enjoy breathtaking to see this whole picture of the top of the Manueline chapel of the Castle (the latter does not exist), She also ordered built, by guess who?

2 Comments Barrow D. Luís da Silveira (Count Sortelha) (*) Igreja Matriz in de Góis

  1. Antonio says:

    Thank you for such an important service to the Artistic Memory of Portugal. The photographs of very good level.

  2. Grateful for this information about such an illustrious figure and for showing his tomb
    so rich and so remote.

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