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Igreja de São Roque: the largest Baroque church in Lisbon


In the heart of the Alto, the São Roque church does not look like much from the outside, but the interior is a jewel of Baroque art.

Built in the late 16th century, the São Roque church belonged to the Society of Jesus and was for centuries the most important Jesuit church in the Portuguese-speaking world.

Its story is particularly original because the São Baptista chapel, one of the main buildings, was designed in Rome, in Italian marble and materials, between 1742 and 1747. It was then transported by boat from Italy to Portugal to be reassembled, like a jigsaw puzzle, on its current location. The building's design, modelled on a Baroque style church-hall, is quite simple, but the interior is full of ornaments and contains many one-of-a-kind pieces.

Take time to check out the paintings by Zurbaran and the reliquaries dating from the 14th to the 18th centuries.

Igreja de São Roque
Largo Trindade Coelho
1200-470 Lisboa

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