Igreja de Santo Antonio de Lisboa (St. Anthony's Church), Lisbon

Igreja de Santo Antonio de Lisboa (St. Anthony's Church), Lisbon

Were you aware that Saint Anthony was actually born in Lisbon? It's believed that he came into the world and lived here before embarking on his journey as a preacher. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the church situated at the site believed to be his birthplace.

The crypt, accessible through the sacristy on the left, is the sole remaining vestige of the original 1195 church, which succumbed to the devastating 1755 earthquake. Within this crypt, you'll encounter a tile panel commemorating Pope John Paul II's visit to the site in 1982.

Following the earthquake, a new church was constructed in Baroque and Pombaline architectural styles. This ambitious project was overseen by Mateus Vicente, the same architect responsible for the magnificent Basilica of the Star ("Basílica da Estrela"). Funding for the endeavor was partly derived from contributions gathered by the city's children, who would solicit "a small coin for Saint Anthony". Even today, the chapel's crypt floor remains adorned with coins and messages left by devotees.

During the same period, a tradition emerged in Lisbon neighborhoods of crafting thrones dedicated to Saint Anthony. These thrones replicated the church's altar and served as additional sources for collecting funds to rebuild the edifice. The tradition of constructing altars endures to this day, especially during Lisbon's popular festivals throughout the month of June, which are dedicated to Saint Anthony, the most venerated saint among Lisboetas.

Just like in Brazil, Saint Anthony also enjoys a reputation here as a matchmaker, and people seek his intervention to find suitable spouses. Furthermore, it is customary for young couples to visit the Saint Anthony's Church on their wedding day, where they leave flowers and offer prayers to the saint, beseeching his protection for their marriages.

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Adjacent to the church, you'll find a small museum housing paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts associated with Saint Anthony. Museum admission is €3, with free entry on Sundays until 2pm and when using the Lisboa Card. If you have a penchant for acquiring religious souvenirs during your travels, you'll discover a selection of medals, statues, and other items available at the church as well.

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Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Religious
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