Igreja de Sao Roque, Lisbon

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With a modest, whitewashed facade, Igreja de Sao Roque boasts an ornate and lavishly decorated Baroque interior. Dating back to the 16th century, it remains one of the oldest Jesuit churches in the world, serving as their headquarters for over 200 years. Step inside and view numerous chapels, each adorned in gold, marble, precious stones, and delicate carvings. Admire the statues, religious paintings, and colorful mosaics that embellish the walls and ceilings of the opulent church. Put Igreja de Sao Roque into our Lisbon trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lisbon.
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  • The Church of Saint Roch in Bairro Alto was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. It is plain on the outside but lavishly adorned with... 
    The Church of Saint Roch in Bairro Alto was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. It is plain on the outside but lavishly adorned with...  more »
  • Stumbled along this hauntingly scarred church on our first evening strolling around the streets of Lisbon. The ceiling is completely unadorned, with scraggly columns and interior walls, a relic of... 
    Stumbled along this hauntingly scarred church on our first evening strolling around the streets of Lisbon. The ceiling is completely unadorned, with scraggly columns and interior walls, a relic of...  more »
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  • I visited 7 years ago and still remember the awe I felt. Know that 85% of Lisbon was destroyed in the 1755 quake that was so strong it sent a tsunami to Brazil. This is one of the few buildings to survive that quake, which wiped out over a third of the nation’s wealth and killed tens of thousands. It’s an example of how gloriously wealthy Portugal was before the quake and is an incredible experience to simply sit inside in the silence. Be sure to visit the amazing park behind the church, one of the greatest views of the city. You can take the funicular or walk down to the heart of Lisbon and eventually end your day at Commerce Square for a spellbinding sunset as musicians play for coins.
  • From the outside, this church may seem slightly boring, but once you go inside you will see the magnificent art it has to offer. Along the sides of the church are these naves which display statues, painting, and gold pieces and a massive painting is shown on the ceiling. I recommend you see this as it is truly beautiful.

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