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Royal Chapel Of St. Anthony

To the west of St. Augustine Church is the Royal Chapel of St Anthony dedicated to Portugal saints that was built in the early 16th century. Every year the Chapel received money from the army. In 1835, the church was closed as it was closed down as it was thought of as a useless expense.

It was however restored back first in 1894 and later in 1961 and looks almost new. This chapel was dedicated to Portugal's national saint and the patron saint of the army and navy. Each year, on the Saint's feast day, his statue was taken in procession to collect his "dues" from the state budget.

The Portuguese governor in 1838 tried to stop this practice, but on the day of feast of that year, the governor had a near fatal accident after falling from his horse. The tradition was immediately restore

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