Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), Lisbon

#11 of 66 in Historic Sites in Lisbon
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Designated a national monument, Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina) was once the largest church in Lisbon and formerly served as the headquarters of the Inquisition. This church has seen its share of hard times, with an earthquake that crumbled the walls in 1755, then a fire years later. Keep an eye out for remnants of the flames that ravaged the structure in 1959, destroying many paintings and statues. Watch for the display of old newspapers in the back of the church. Put Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lisbon attractions site.
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  • The Church of Sao Domingos is situated Between Rossio and Praca da Figueira, It is one of the most beautiful churches in the city. It was built in the 13th century by order of King D. Sancho II, but....  more »
  • I visited this church on a walking tour so my first time going inside was a surprise to me. The interior, although clearly fire damaged is incredibly striking and successful both as an example of...  more »
  • One of the largest baroque churches in Lisbon. The architect that designed the church in the eighteenth century could not guess that a special "artist" would complete the works in the middle of the twentieth century, transforming the interior of the church in a unique way. This "artist " was a huge fire. You need to get inside to understand this.
  • A magnificent Romanesque Church that is free to visit in the heart of Old Town Lisbon. It has very few decorations and truly has the look of what should be an old Romanesque building. The church was heavily damaged in a fire in the 1950s but that just adds another level of character to the church.

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