The heart of the historic center of Oporto has surprises and corners that dazzle those who visit and fill with pride the people of Oporto. They make this city feel like a mystery to unravel. Who walks through the emblematic and historical street of Caldeireiros, next to the Torre dos Clérigos, will find a peculiar building. This is almost unnoticed in the middle of the old houses, that nowadays are being recovered. It is the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Silva, patron saint of locksmiths, blacksmiths and coppersmiths, very common activities to time and today almost extincts. This chapel has a nineteenth century oratory placed on the facade of the building.
The chapel belongs to the Confraternity of Nossa Senhora da Silva from the century XV, who managed for many years the Hospital São João Baptista in the Street of Santa Catarina.
The outer shrine is from the XVIII century and for some time had the evocative images of St. João Baptista and St. Baldomero(martyr and patron of Blacksmiths). Currently only has a replica of the statue of Nossa Senhora da Silva.
All the altar is protected by a cover in carving which remains almost intact to the passage of time and it has nearly three centuries, although it has some visible detrition.
Nowadays there is the Eucharist celebrated every Saturday at 17:00, and one hour before the priest starts ringing the bells, calling the faithful and curious.
LEGEND OF NOSSA SENHORA DA SILVA
Says an old tradition recorded by the priest Augusto Vasconcelo in his “Descriptione Lusitaniae” and Bishop Rodrigo da Cunha, in his “Catálogo dos Bispos do Porto”, which in the twelfth century, in times of Mafalda, wife of D. Afonso Henrique, a great devotee, that started the construction of the Cathedral. In the Cathedral there is the altar of Nossa Senhora da Silva represented by a large stone image but no one knows for sure if it’s the original or not.
The chapel of Nossa Senhora da Silva is another reason to visit Oporto and the emblematic street of Caldeireiros and of course to visit Yours Guesthouse, just on opposite side to the chapel where you can even take a break in the garden or enjoy an homemade lunch or dinner in Yours restaurant, an experience that you will remember.