Concert at the Igreja do Colégio celebrates the restoration of the altarpiece and ceiling frescoes

Intervention costs, in total, close to 50 thousand euros

The concert, which this Thursday, the 19th, at 21 pm, will feature nearly one hundred and a half voices, from members of the Adágio Choir, but also from its new Music Academy in Portimão, will celebrate the restoration of the altarpiece and frescoes from the roof of the Church of S. Francisco Xavier (Igreja do Colégio).

Dating back to the 1991th century, the altarpiece is the work of Manuel Martins, considered the «greatest Algarve carver of his time» (Lameira, 242, p.7) and, according to Father Mário Sousa, «is receiving, for the first time, a profound intervention", since, "when the restoration works of the Church, it had only been cleaned and consolidated." The intervention began on XNUMX October.

The work involves “consolidating the structure, rebuilding the missing or damaged pieces of wood carving, removing accumulated dirt, as well as repainting from the XNUMXth century, restoring the paint and gold, a new front in gilded wood carving to replace the glass window that was placed in a previous intervention, etc», adds the parish priest of Portimão.

There will also be a “cleaning and integration of the frescoes on the ceiling and walls”, in this Church that is classified as of Municipal Interest.

With a team of five technicians working for 88 working days, the work costs 37.073 euros (+ VAT), an amount that the Municipality of Portimão assumes almost entirely, continuing the effort that, together with the parish of Matriz de Portimão, has done to conserve this heritage of the city.

The parish, for its part, “assumed the costs with the accommodation of the technicians (funded by the Misericórdia of Portimão), as well as the varnishing of the church's floor, the renovation of the sound system and lighting, totaling around 10 thousand euros'.