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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima Church

  • Original Authors:
  • Porfírio Pardal Monteiro
  • (1938)

This was the first church of the Portuguese Modern Movement in architecture — a project by architect Pardal Monteiro that questioned the traditional revivalist codes. Inscribed in the urban tissue of Avenidas Novas, its language configures a volume that is proportional — though asymmetrical — to the church’s main body, aligned by the avenue’s axis, finishing up the visual angle. It marks the beginning of a new era in religious architecture, adopting a renewed liturgical and architectonic expression within the city. Thanks to the thoroughness and carefulness of the project, alongside the valuable contribution of the team of artists responsible for the religious iconography, it became one of the best qualified buildings in Portuguese modern art. We must highlight the stained glass and mosaics by Almada Negreiros, the sculptures by Francisco Franco and Leopoldo de Almeida, and the paintings by Lino António. In 1983, the year of its inauguration, it was awarded with the Valmor Prize.

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