|Jacob approaches the cathedral|
|Stairway to the bell tower|
Climbing up to the bell tower was not so far but we had plenty of open air and uneven stairs to contend with. Nerves held true and we enjoyed being close enough to touch the bells. And the view was magnificent too!
|The bell mechanism|
|Jacob on the roof|
|Jacob rings the bell|
|Bishop's Palace seen from above|
|View of the town and nature reserve|
|View of the old city|
We headed back downstairs. In the courtyard, we discovered a bone chapel (yes, the altar is made from bones!) and a chapel to Saint Michael the Archangel (second name patron for both Jacob and me).
|Bone Altar in the courtyard|
|Chapel of St. Michael, or Sao Miguel as he is known locally|
We finally went inside the cathedral proper, where we found a great variety of amazing Renaissance and Baroque works. Here are the highlights!
|18th century organ|
|Best tabernacle ever!|
Upstairs was a small exhibit of sacred objects and artifacts. Jacob was becoming impatient to go, so luckily my wife took many of the following pictures.
|Veronica's Veil Station of the Cross|
|That isn't a halo on his head, it's the scimitar that martyred him!|
|Less dramatic saint|
On the way out, I caught this bit of mosaic on the floor.
We were glad to see the amazing variety and splendor of the cathedral in Faro.