The 15 947 tiles of the Capela das Almas
It is one of the most photographed and well known buildings in Porto. Located in the Baixa, the Capela das Almas draws attention due to the tiles that cover its façade.
Although this eighteenth-century chapel has a rather simple architecture, it is impossible to remain indifferent to its walls, covered with 15 947 tiles covering an area of about 360 m2. In fact, not only were these tiles only laid out in the twentieth century (1929), but were elaborated in a way imitating the original mosaics of the eighteenth century. They were designed by the potter Eduardo Leite and were made in a famous factory in Lisbon.
The tiles represent episodes of the lives of Santa Catarina and São Francisco de Assis. However, it is curious that these panels mix scenes of the lives of two different saints: St. Catherine of Siena and St. Catherine of Alexandria (on the main facade).
In the chapel there is also a bell tower with two floors and the image of Nª Srª das Almas. The altarpiece of the high altar, representing the Ascension of Christ was painted by Joaquim Rafael.