The Rua da Sofia was built in the 16th c. to house the University Colleges, and so it is a straight line with numerous points of interest along its length. Unfortunately most of them are closed and these days it seems the cheap stores and decadent shopping centers (there is one inside a church!) are its only sources of life. Granted, since being awarded UNESCO’s World Heritage status in 2013 many renovations are under way.
This fabulous chapel in Tavira features naive ornament and dazzling colors flying around, within a simple and beautiful classical architectural context. But what really caught our eye were the painted and gilded walls. You can barely make out the wood boards on the photo above, decorated over with blocks of blue, red and golden flowers. The effect is that of a space covered in opulent fabrics trimmed in gold; we personally like this version better. Igreja Matriz de Santiago, Tavira