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Founded in 1542 but only opened in 1569, the old convent Convento dos Eremitas de Santo Agostinho (Hermits of St Augustine) in Tavira is located on the castle hill. It was recently remodelled in order to house one of the Pousadas de Portugal (state operated luxury hotels).

This was one of the first buildings in the “chão” (plain) style in the Algarve and despite its poor state of repair and the fact that it was then converted to a pousada, it is still possible to see the cloister with arches seated on columns and capitals of the Tuscan order, and the old convent church with its single nave and a chancel with a triumphal arch in front.

Inside the convent, there is also a museum area where the remains of two Islamic houses from the Almohad period are on display.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9917 W: 63 N: 27912] (122694)
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