Sta Barbara De Nexe

Santa Barbara de Nexe is a village in the municipality of Faro on the Algarve, in southern Portugal. It is located a few kilometers from Loulé. It has an area of 37.93 km² and a population of 4,119 (as of 2001). The economy is based on tourism and agriculture.

The village of Santa Barbara de Nexe, some seven kilometres north of Faro, is one of a number of places close to the Algarves capital city (Faro) to take its name from a saint. Other places include the town of São Bras de Alportel and the village of Sta Catarina. All were so named during the Moorish occupation of Southern Portugal (8th to 12th Century) so as to give protection from above.

By far the best known Santa Barbara landmark is the villages 400-year-old white walled church, or to be more precise the bell tower of the church.

With the advent of the IP1 motorway during the 1990s, ensuring swifter and more efficient travel throughout the east and central Algarve, the bell tower has now become even more prominent, clearly viewed from the stretch of road close to the São Bras/Faro exit. The bell tower has also proved consistent subject matter for artists down the ages, and takes on an almost mystical air during winter nights.

The village church, of which the people of Santa Barbara are justly proud, clearly displays both the Gothic and Manueline style of art and architecture.

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