Capela de GirõesA forgotten treasure
The chapel in the Nature Spa was crafted in the 17th century, and it holds a unique place in the world of Portuguese sacred art. It was commissioned by the Beltrão family, who were part of the Order of Santiago, and the iconography makes reference to arcane mysteries. This exquisite chapel is a portal into an ancient past where the power of the feminine was honoured.
In the past decades, it fell into disrepair, but now with financial assistance from PT2020 and Turismo de Portugal, the full restoration is underway. “Capitellum” from Braga, who are seasoned experts in sacred art, are performing the work. The restoration of the chapel forms part of the creation of the Nature Spa Hotel, and it will provide spiritual inspiration to all, regardless of creed or denomination.
It is due to open in December 2020.
Amongst the thirty eight ceiling panels, this capela contains a sequence of icons depicting the education of the child Jesus by the angels. This is very rare, and very exciting to have the opportunity to restore them.Rui Araujo