Chapel of Our Lady of Victory

Chapel of Our Lady of Victory

São Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Brazil

Religious Architecture

A chapel of the former Paramirim sugar plantation, founded by a plantation owner who also owned other plantations in Recôncavo da Bahia. Built in the 18th century, it was modified in the late 19th century. It features a nave and chancel, both of the same width, with arched side galleries and sacristies on either side. The roofs have cornices, except for the gallery roofs, which feature perforated fascias. The main façade has been rebuilt. A sumptuous stucco doorway interrupts the cornice and terminates in the pediment. Only the towers have windows at the level of the choir. The church is notable for the Byzantine domes that top the towers, which are covered with industrially-produced tiles, as well as the window with wooden lattice-work shutters connecting the chancel to the right-hand sacristy. The nave ceiling is flat, while the chancel ceiling has the form of a depressed vault. The high altar is neoclassical and made of stucco. Panels of semi-industrial tiles cover the nave and chancel, which have marble floors. There is an 18th-century lias washbasin and a Carrara marble baptismal font. The original images are kept at the Cinco Rios Factory, which belongs to the same owner. The chapel is located on an elevated site overlooking a vast green area and the town of Paramirim. Close to the eastern façade stand the ruins of the former main house of the sugar plantation. Small houses now used to accommodate the estate workers are located close to the western façade.

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