Volume I: 190 pages, Volume II 369 pages, Volume III 324 pages, with colour illustrations. This three-volume book results from an itinerant exhibition inaugurated in the summer of 1998 at St. Francis Convent, now an inn, in Beja, Alentejo, Portugal.
Through five chapters - Heritage as an Identity Pillar; Citizenship and the Preservation of Memory; From the Ecclesia Pacensis to the Diocese of Beja: Ideas, Times and Routes; Southern Alentejo: Myth and Reality; and The Routes of the Plain: Contributions to the Study of the Presence of the Church in South Alentejo, the first volume provides the readers with a very comprehensive history of the Church in South Alentejo, supported by an excellent range of works of art that have never or have rarely been published.The other two volumes are organised in catalogue format, and are divided into the sections of the exhibition. They both provide the general audience with an inventory of the artistic heritage under the tutelage of the Diocese of Beja, highlighting the richness of its cultural tradition, promoting the esteem for it, assuring its defense, conservation and dignified use.This three-volume book also furthers the knowledge of a specialised audience, through the delivery of detailed historical, visual and cultural information.
Published by Departamento do Património Histórico e Artístico da Diocese de Beja, Portugal, 2000
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