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    Wow !!!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Feb 28, 2014

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    King Manuel I had the idea of erecting a large monastery close to the site where Henry the Navigator had built a church dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém in the 15th century. With a view to perpetuating the memory of Henry and acknowledging his own great devotion to Our Lady and St. Jerome, Manuel I chose to establish the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém on a site just outside Lisbon on the banks of the River Tagus. The monastery was given to the Order of St. Jerome, which is why it was given the name of Jerónimos (or Hieronymite) Monastery.

    The Monastery is a cultural reference point that has attracted artists, chroniclers and travellers in the course of its five centuries of existence. It received, and became a burial place, for kings, and later poets. Today it is admired by one and all, not only as a remarkable piece of architecture but also as integral part of Portuguese culture and identity.
    The Hieronymite Monastery was declared a National Monument in 1907 and in 1983 UNESCO classified it as a "World Heritage Site".

    Be ready to face 1,000's and be careful for pickpockets near the Vasco de Gama tomb. Give yourself about 2 hours to see all the rooms and sites within. Probably the best historical site in all of Lisbon.

    We paid 10 Euros for a combination ticket for the monastery and tower of Belem.

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    St. Anthony's Church

    by Dymphna1 Written Jan 4, 2014

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    In the crypt is birth place of St. Anthony of Lisbon (also known as St. Anthony of Padua). I really do not get the electric candles, they do not fulfill the idea of the smoke raising as prayers or the sacrifice of the fire representing the prayer.

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    Cathedral

    by Dymphna1 Written Jan 4, 2014
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    The Cathedral is nice, but the walk through the attached Abby and the treasures is more fun. This is the only place that charged us entry of the Churches and that was only for seeing the Abby and treasures.

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    Baptismal

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Lisbon - Portugal (Jordan

    One of the most remarkable remains in Lisbon's cathedral is the baptismal sink, were Saint Anthony was baptized in 1195, in a chapel decorated with tiles, illustrating the saint preaching to the fish.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Built in 1150 in the place of a former mosque, this church suffered from several earthquakes, and subsequent rebuilding. Many elements were kept, some other added, thus becoming a mix of styles.

    The church is open to the public but the visit to the Gothic cloister is paid, 2.50 € by adult, with discount to children and senior.

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    Conceição Velha Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Lisbon - Portugal

    %S$A few meters east of Terreiro do Paço, a splendid Manueline door reveals this church. As almost everything in low Lisbon, by the river, it is a reconstruction from the 18th century, in this case of a former church, built upon a Jewish synagogue.

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    Igreja de Santo Antonio

    by antistar Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    Wedding, Igreja de Santo Antonio, Porto

    Just in front of the Se is the church of the patron saint of Lisbon, Santo Antonio. Its location is said to be where the saint was born, and you can follow his history in the attached museum. Like the cathedral it sits beneath it is less impressive outside than inside, but the interior is exquisite. It's a great place for a wedding, and I was lucky enough to be invited to my friend's here.

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    The Se

    by antistar Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    Se, Lisbon

    Like many cathedrals in Portugal the one in Lisbon is much more functional than florid. It feels more like a fortress than the ornate architecture of Notre Dame or St Paul's. It also has a New World feel to it, which is fitting as it sits on the edge of the Old.

    Its design is not surprising, considering its history. It was built in 1150 to commemorate the city's liberation from the Moors. Significantly it was built on top of the city's main mosque, symbolically supplanting the power of the old regime's religion with that of the new.

    Unlike most cathedrals it doesn't dominate the Alfalma district it finds itself in, and is hidden away behind many buildings. It's small, low, indistinct, and quite difficult to locate in the maze like streets of the old Arabic souk. I think the parish church in my home town might actually be bigger.

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    São Roque

    by J_Antunes Written Oct 19, 2013

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    São Roque Church
    It started to be built in the XVI century when the king Manuel I brought a relic against the plague. The church was built above an old cemetery of people that perished and São Roque was a well known saint for protection against this disease.
    The most notable part is São João Baptista chapel. It is called the most expensive chapel in the world due to its impressive works in gold, silver and marble added in the XVIII century.
    The church is Jesuit and was the first in the Portugal and one of the first in the world and was in their possession until the expulsion in the XVIII century.
    The church survived well to the earthquake of 1755
    Address: Largo Trindade Coelho
    Schedule: Apr-Sep: Mon (14h-19h), Tue-Sun (9h-19h), Thu (9h-20h); Out-Mar: Mon (15h-18h), Tue-Sun (9h-18h)
    Closes: 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st May, 25 December
    Masses: Tue-Fri (12h30), Sat (12h), Sun and Hol (11h)

    São Roque Museum
    Very nice small museum with many beautiful paintings, relics, vestments and other religious items.
    Address: Largo Trindade Coelho
    Schedule: Apr-Sep: Mon (14h-19h), Tue-Sun (9h-19h), Thu (9h-20h); Out-Mar: Mon (15h-18h), Tue-Sun (9h-18h)
    Closes: 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st May, 25 December
    Ticket 2,50€

    Bus: 758
    Subway: Rossio

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    Igreja da Sé (Lisbon Cathedral)

    by Karlithus Written Sep 2, 2013

    Lisbon Cathedral, better known as Sé de Lisboa, is the oldest and most important church in the city. Its construction dates from the 12th Century, and is predominantly Roman in style. Its complete name is Santa María Maior.

    During its history the cathedral has been reformed several times, and although it has survived in an exemplary fashion, it has suffered various natural disasters. The great earthquake of 1755 destroyed several parts of the church.

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    Igreja de São Roque

    by ValbyDK Updated Jun 18, 2013

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    The first stone of Igreja de São Roque was laid in 1555, and it served as the Jesuit’s home church until they were expelled from Portugal around 200 years later. The church survived the big earthquake in 1755, and was later given to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (the Charity House of Lisbon) to replace their church which had been destroyed.

    Igreja de São Roque doesn't look very interesting on the outside, but the interior is amazing! Beautiful wood ceiling of the nave... Altarpieces with many carvings and gildings... The organ from 1784... Old tombs, and a number of side chapels (the most importants are Capela de São Roque and Capela de São João Baptista)...

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    Church of S. Domingos

    by anaanes Written Apr 27, 2013

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    You never had seen any church like this.

    This churh has been built in 1241.
    In 1506 was in this church where the Portuguese Inquisition beguns with the condemnation of miles of jews to the fires.
    At 13th August of 1959 a violent fire destroyed the church. In 1994 the church was opened to the public again but with most of the damaged of the fire.
    The decision to show the damage made by the fire is a tribute to all the jews condemned to die in the inquisition fires in this church.

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    Penha de França - Church and Overlook

    by J_Antunes Written Apr 25, 2013

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    At 110meters high, is the hill of France, how it would translate in English. The name comes from the image of our lady of France that was inside the church.

    This old Lisbon neighborhood has a beautiful overlook over the north part of the city and a church/convent. This old church was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake killing hundreds of people that were in a mass inside. In the XIX century was completely restored to the old glory.

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    Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha.

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 17, 2013

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    This church with its fabulous portal was built in Lisbon between 1502 and 1534. Dowager Queen Eleanor of Portugal, also known as Eleanor of Viseu founded the Confraria da Misericórdia (confraternity of charity) in 1498 and King Manuel I endowed the building of former synagogue known in previous times as Casa da Judiaria Grande to that Confraternity in 1502. Then confraternity converted that abandoned synagogue into Roman Catholic Church. Famous Southern Portal with the scene of Annunciation in Manuelino Style was built in 1533-1534 according to orders of King Joao III. There is figure of Roman Pope Leo X (pontificate 1513-1521) is on the tympanum of the Church. His real name was Lorenzo Medici (1475-1521) and he was known as Pope the Atheist.
    Unfortunately there is nothing interesting inside of that church. Interior is the typical baroque of XVIII century. The reason is very simple. Manuelino Portal is the on only part of the old church survived that disastrous earthquake of 1755.
    Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed in the church.

    Admission is free but please don’t forget that any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Open from 08:30-19:30

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    Saint Anthony

    by solopes Updated Mar 17, 2013

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    Lisbon - Portugal

    Born in Lisbon and dead in Padua, Saint Anthony is the patron of Lisbon (and of Padua too). His church was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 and rebuilt afterwards with popular subscriptions, especially from children who create a tradition of asking for a dime to the saint ("Um tostão para o Santo António". That's why the floor is full of coins.

    Saint Anthony is also the saint of marriages, introducing the tradition of a prayer in the church before the ceremony. Since the middle of last century another tradition was born: The state pays the marriage of poor people, that accept to marry in a common ceremony in June 13th, largely covered by TV and media.

    The church stays very close to the Cathedral.

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