Photo Essay: Lisbon Churches and Cathedrals

In Portugal I was so impressed with its churches, cathedrals and monasteries.  Some are real masterpieces and blowing your mind away showing how rich and powerful this country used to be in those past centuries. Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, Batalha Monastery and Convento de Cristo in Tomar in my opinion are absolutely outstanding and impressed me the most, I will write about them later. Today I want to show you some Lisbon Churches.

The Santo Antonio Church (Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa) is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Lisbon, best known around the Christian world as Saint Anthony of Padua. According to tradition, the church was built on the site where the saint was born, in 1195. The church is classified as a National Monument. (wiki)

Saint Anthony Church Lisbon

saint-anthony-church-in-lisbon

Saint Anthony church Lisbon

The Lisbon Cathedral or Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major ( Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa) is a Roman Catholic parish church. The oldest church in the city is the see of the Archdiocese of Lisbon. Since the beginning of the construction of the cathedral, in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles.

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon cathedral is a Latin cross building with three aisles, a transept and a main chapel surrounded by an ambulatory. The church is connected with a cloister on the Eastern side. The main façade of the cathedral looks like a fortress, with two towers flanking the entrance and crenellations over the walls. This menacing appearance, also seen in other Portuguese cathedrals of the time, is a relic from the Reconquista period, when the cathedral could be used as a base to attack the enemy during a siege.(wiki)

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral Portugal

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral

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The Church of Santa Engracia (Igreja de Santa Engrácia) is a 17th-century monument of the city. In the 20th century the church has been converted into the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional), in which important Portuguese personalities are buried (wiki)

Santa Engracia church

Santa Engracia church Lisbon

Santa Engracia church

Santa Engracia church Lisbon

Saint Anthony Church Lisbon

Santa Engracia church Lisbon

The Church or Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, meaning “Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls” is a 17th-century church and monastery in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most important monasteries and mannerist buildings in the country. The monastery also contains the royal pantheon of the Braganza monarchs of Portugal.(wiki)

Monastery of sao vicente de fora

Monastery of sao vicente de fora

Monastery of sao vicente de fora

The Church Santa Luzia (Igreja de Santa Luzia)

Igreja de Santa Luzia

 The Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha

conceicao velha church lisbon

 conceicao velha church lisbon

conceicao velha church lisbon

Basilica da Estrela – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Carmo Convent (Convento da Ordem do Carmo). The mediaeval convent was ruined in the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, and the ruins of its Gothic church (the Carmo Church or Igreja do Carmo) are the main trace of the great earthquake still visible in the city. Nowadays the ruined Carmo Church is used as an archaeological museum Carmo Archaeological Museum (wiki).

Carmo Church

Carmo Convent church Lisbon

Carmo Convent church Lisbon

Carmo Church

Carmo Church

Church of Saint Roch. The Igreja de Sao Roque was one of the few buildings in Lisbon to survive the Earthquake relatively unscathed. When built in the 16th century it was the first Jesuit church designed in the “auditorium-church” style specifically for preaching. It contains a number of chapels, most in the Baroque style of the early 17th century. The most notable chapel is the 18th-century Chapel of St. John the Baptist (Capela de Sao Joao Baptista), a project by Nicola Salvi and Luigi Vanvitelli constructed in Rome of many precious stones and disassembled, shipped and reconstructed in São Roque; at the time it was reportedly the most expensive chapel in Europe. (wiki)

Lisbon churches

Church of Saint Roch

Church of Saint Roch

Church Saint Roch

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