Following a political and religious reorganisation by King D. João III that affected the cathedrals of Portalegre and Leiria, construction on the Miranda do Douro Cathedral begun on May 24, 1552; the consecration of the altar dates from 1586. The work implied the destruction of the old Santa Maria Church, a Gothic temple erected during the reign of D. Dinis in the 14th century. Gonçalo Torralva and Miguel de Arruda, with subsequent execution by Francisco Velasquez, completed the construction in the early 17th century, maintaining Episcopal status until 1780, when the diocese was transferred to Bragança (having the designation of Diocese of Bragança and Miranda). This building was thus designated as a Co-cathedral or simply as the Main Church of Miranda do Douro.

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