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Church of Saint Roch (Igreja de Sao Roque), Lisbon

Church of Saint Roch (Igreja de Sao Roque), Lisbon (must see)

The Church of Saint Roch was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere, having served as the Society's home church in Portugal for over two centuries before the power-hungry Jesuits were expelled from the country. After the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the church and its ancillary residence were given to the Lisbon Holy House of Mercy who still owns and operates the site today as one of its many heritage buildings.

São Roque was one of the few buildings in Lisbon to astonishingly survive the earthquake relatively unscathed. Its plain 16th-century façade should not dissuade you from entering inside; as the old adage goes, "don't judge a book by its cover", because it is radiant with Royal wealth: gilded gold altars, marbles and alabasters, stones of amethyst and lapis lazuli, highly inlaid artistry that climbs the wall, and some of the finest 'azulejos' (tiles) adding a further luster to the glorious space.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most stunning churches you can see in Lisbon, though perhaps it can feel a bit too high baroque in places. Inside the trompe l'oeil painting on the ceiling is a triumph, while each of the 8 chapels lining the nave is a decorative masterpiece.

Tip:
If you have the time, visit the adjacent São Roque Museum, where you'll find two floors filled with artworks, antiquities, reliquaries and other precious possessions accumulated over the centuries by the church (free entry on Sundays until 2pm). The finest possessions are the treasures originally located in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist in the church nave.

Opening Hours:
[Church] Mon: 2–6pm, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun: 9am–6pm; Thu: 9am–9pm
[Museum] Mon: 2–6pm; Tue-Sun: 10am–6pm (Oct–Mar);
Mon: 2–7pm; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun: 10am–7pm; Thu: 10am–8pm (Apr–Sep)

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Sight Name: Church of Saint Roch (Igreja de Sao Roque)
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Sight Type: Religious
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