Cenotáfio de D. Duarte de Menezes

Cenotáfio de D. Duarte de Menezes


Amongst the exhibits at the Museum of São João de Alporão, attention is drawn to the tomb of D. Duarte de Menezes, a lieutenant during the reign of D. Afonso V, who was killed defending the Moroccan military stronghold of Alcácer-Seguer, conquered in 1458.

The tomb was commissioned by his widow, D. Isabel de Castro, for the chapel that they had at the Convento de São Francisco.
It is a delicate 15th-century work, in the flamboyant Gothic style, following the decorative language of the tomb of the founders of the Monastery of Batalha.

It is said that, as they were unable to find his body, the tomb was used to house just a single tooth belonging to D. Duarte de Menezes, which his widow had in her possession.

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