ÁLVARES, Baltasar
(active 1570, died 1624)

Biography

Portuguese architect. He graduated in philosophy and theology at the universities of Coimbra and Évora. After the death of his uncle Afonso Álvares in 1580 (active from 1550) he was chosen to replace him in the position of main architect in the region of Alentejo, where he worked on the stately homes of Santarém, Almeirim and Salvaterra de Magos and the Monastery of Batalha. In 1579 he worked in the Jesuit convent St. Anthony in Lisbon, followed in 1598 the project for the Monastery of Sao Bento da Saúde, which currently houses the Assembly of the Republic. The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora is also attributed to him.