Capela dos Girões

A forgotten treasure revealing itself

In honour of the sacred feminine, this chapel will be restored in its former glory. Discover this forgotten treasure and admire the beauty of sacred Portuguese iconography.

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. The beautiful iconography, delicately painted on 38 chestwood panels, 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 the full restoration is underway. “Capitellum” from Braga, who are seasoned experts in sacred art, are performing the delicate work of restoration. 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.

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

Director, Capitellum