(1520–97), Italian architect and engineer who moved to Portugal in 1576 to enter the service of King Sebastian I. In 1578 he accompanied the king to North Africa as a captain of artillery, and was present at the battle of Ksar-el-Kebir, where the king was killed and Terzi was captured. Attempts to ransom Terzi failed, but he escaped and returned to Portugal, where he entered the service of Cardinal-Prince Henrique. His buildings, which include the Church of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon and the fortifications north and south of Lisbon, were important influences on later Portuguese architecture, as was the school that he founded for the training of architects.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).