Anta de São Brissos
Anta de São Brissos

In Sao Brissos, Portugal, near Santiago do Escoural, stands the small church of Nossa Senhora do Livramento. The foundation of the church stands on a dolmen dating from the New Stone Age around 4000 to 3000 BC. It is another example of a Portuguese church built on or next to a prehistoric dolmen.

The church was built around the dolmen in the 17th century and is characteristically painted white. The dolmen forms the portal or entrance hall to the church building.

Dolmen-Chapel of Sao Brissos - Apr 2011
Dolmen-Church of Sao Brissos. Ken & Nyetta [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


Church of São Brissos
Santiago do Escoural, Portugal



Text                 Nadine Lemmers

Translation     Alun Harvey


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