João Antunes


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(1643–1712). Portuguese architect. His Church of Sta Engrácia, Lisbon (begun 1682), is remarkable for its centralized Greek-cross plan, four apsidal ends to the arms of the cross, and towers between each of the apsidal arms. Thus it is an important variation on Bramante's and Peruzzi's designs for San Pietro, Rome. Antunes's other works in and around Lisbon (he was appointed Royal Architect in 1699) are of superlative quality, and include the enormous tomb of the Infanta Joana and the interior of the antechoir of the convent-church of Jesus in Aveiro (1699–1711) in which the tomb stands.

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

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