AVEIRO CATHEDRAL (OR SÃO DOMINGOS CHURCH)
Founded in 1423, the façade is divided by Mannerist pilasters and has an elaborately designed Baroque doorway in the centre with twisted columns and a Joanine pediment. The interior has a square floor plan and groin vault and contains one nave and a chancel. There is also an 18th. century carved gilt high altar.
The museum, which is inside the former Convent of Jesus, is full of mementos of Princess Saint Joana, who died there in 1490. Her carved marble Baroque tomb was only completed twenty years after her death and nowadays stands in the lower choir area. In the chapel, 18th. century paintings depict scenes from her life. It was here that Princess Joana spent her days at her needlework and it is also the place where she died. The museum includes a carved gilt choir stall and a refectory covered with decorative Coimbra tiles. The Gothic tomb of the knight D. João Albuquerque lies between the refectory and the chapter house. (234 423 297. Avenida de Santa Joana Princesa; 10 am – 5.30 pm; closed on Mondays.)
CULTURAL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
Situated inside the former Campos ceramics factory, an interesting example of industrial architecture, this is a venue for numerous cultural events and also an excellent place for walks. (234 406 481. Cais da Fonte Nova)
DECORATIVE TILE PANEL AT THE RAILWAY STATION
The station building is designed like a traditional Portuguese house with its eaves and tiled roof, and is lavishly decorated with excellent painted tiles. The tiles depict various cultural and folk scenes, including national monuments in the surrounding area, and the building itself resembles a gigantic piece of porcelain.
The façade contains a beautiful Late Renaissance limestone doorway consisting of two adjoining sections and a large central niche. The rest of the façade is covered with decorative tiles which emphasise the protruding doorway. There is only one nave inside and the chancel is profusely decorated with 18th. century gold leaf work and paintings. The main altar is decorated with acanthus leaves, small birds and spirals.