Igreja de São Roque
Igreja de São Roque
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Restauradores • 4 min walk
  • Rossio • 5 min walk
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  • NoakesRyan
    Bury, United Kingdom593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    A beautiful Church. Something FREE to do on our last day in Lisbon. I'm so glad we did. We read that it survived an Earthquake. Inside it has the most beautiful gold-cladded areas. Every inch of the sections is detailed and magnificent. We didn't take any pictures out of respect. There was no queue.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular beauty wait inside this church
    Church of Sao Roque was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. Inside is the greatest contrast to the exterior I saw and it is considered as one of the city's richest church interiors. Thankfully it is one of the survivors of the earthquake in 1755. There are several chapels but the most famous is the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist which is apparently the "world's most expensive chapel." The wooden painted ceiling, the chapels with highly decorated and gilded ornaments and the music in the background just take your breath. There was a guard who took care about all men taken their hats down - I wondered how they don't know you should do it? A museum is on the way out where are collections of further relics. I could spend hours there so if you are in Lisbon don't miss visit of it.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful opulently decorated church well worth a visit
    The relatively plain facade hides an opulently decorated church inside. The chapel to the left of the altar, the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, came from Vatican. This is the only chapel in a church that I am aware of where there is a guard watching it. Don't forget to look up at the painted arched ceiling. It is only when you look at the reflection of light on the ceiling on either side of the church that you realize the ceiling is actually flat. Being a beautiful church, there were lots of tourists but since the church is relatively large, the crowd size was manageable.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,990 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    mind blowing detail
    We had walked past this a few times and never even realised it was a church. after seeing it online, we walked to it on our last day. Outside the building is plain and unassuming. Go inside and it's amazing. So many different things to see and so much detail, craftsmanship, beauty. Don't miss it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,941 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly ornamental baroque Church.
    The rather plain exterior of this church belies the ornate baroque interior. It has an abundance of gilt and detailed carvings. Among them are the ugliest cherubs you're likely to find in any church. Also of interest are the rather bizarre reliquaries containing the bones of saints, martyrs and virgins. All rather macabre. No doubt the rather oppressive and creepy atmosphere helped keep believers in check. Worth seeing.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado958 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, Beautiful Church
    We visited this church while in Lisbon. The entry fee was reasonable (2,5 euros). This church is beautifully decorated inside, my favorite feature being the ceiling, which is darker than most church ceilings, but painted beautifully. To me, this church is very unique, and different than many other churches I have seen. I recommend stopping in to see this much if you are in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of Gold
    On the main road between Chiado and Principe Real, you will find one of the most opulent churches in Lisbon. It is full of gold, highly decorated and thus attracts a lot of visitors. If you see one church in Lisbon, this should be the one.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Quill2005
    Ocala, Florida231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Gilded Interior with a Very Good Museum Next Door
    A special, wonderfully decorated church full of gilded décor. The side chapels are quite something to see. Be sure to while you’re here, to visit the adjacent museum as well which contains impressive ecclesiastical objects.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
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Eva T
United Kingdom1,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Church of Sao Roque was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. Inside is the greatest contrast to the exterior I saw and it is considered as one of the city's richest church interiors. Thankfully it is one of the survivors of the earthquake in 1755. There are several chapels but the most famous is the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist which is apparently the "world's most expensive chapel." The wooden painted ceiling, the chapels with highly decorated and gilded ornaments and the music in the background just take your breath. There was a guard who took care about all men taken their hats down - I wondered how they don't know you should do it? A museum is on the way out where are collections of further relics. I could spend hours there so if you are in Lisbon don't miss visit of it.
Written May 18, 2023
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Bobby J
Austin, TX13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Was not prepared the beauty that was inside this church. With a pretty basic outside the inside will blow you away. Some of the most detailed chapels I’ve ever seen through my travels in Europe. It was also a wonderful touch to have someone actually playing the organ.

The only thing I would improve on is staff people more welcoming - they mostly just started that docents without the education portion.

Highly recommend you check this out on your trip. The signs are in both English and Portuguese.
Written March 6, 2020
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George C
Edinburgh, UK273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Free to enter, pay only for the museum.

Very beautiful interior. The John the Baptist side chapel is reputably one of the most expensive chapels ever built and was transported from Rome in several sections on different ships. Fourth on the left side, there is a plaque with info about it.

Next to the side chapel there is currently free entry to a temporary exhibition with an Asian theme and some interesting exhibits.

The Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara is around the corner and a few steps uphill.
Written February 10, 2020
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A rather bland, white exterior gives absolutely no hint of the exquisite Baroque interior! Went inside from brilliant sunlight, so it took my eyes a few minutes to adapt to the relative darkness, but when they did, I was nearly blown away! To use the term ‘spectacular’ would be an understatement!

Found it interesting that this church was one of the few buildings to have survived the 1755 earthquake!

Each of the chapels and reliquary altars has relevant information in both Portuguese and English.

Other info:

Perhaps the easiest way of getting to the São Roque Church is to simply walk up Calçada da Glória (from the Restauradores metro stop) then, at the top, turn left onto R. de Pedro de Alcântara. Takes less than 5 minutes to reach the Church. With this option, it’s also far faster to skip the funicular car and just hike up the hill on foot.

The church’s hours are posted near the front door. At date of visit (23 July 2021), hours listed as follows:
Open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Monday
Written July 24, 2021
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Bente H
Orlando, FL390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
When you approach the church, it does not look like much to see. But, wait until you walk inside! WOW! The interior is other-worldly! There are 8 chapels, 4 on each side, and each one has exquisite detail. I am not a person who belongs to organized religion, but I do love touring churches throughout the world because of the art used in them. And this one tops most I have seen. From the gorgeous ceiling to the main chapel, to each chapel on the sides, you will be amazed at the beauty this place has to offer. And take a few moments to tour the museum next door. It is not very big, but is filled with more beautiful things that have been a part of the order that the church belongs to, as well as things that were a part of the church.
Written July 23, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We found this the most stunning of the churches and cathedral visited in Lisbon. Not attractive externally it is very special inside. Not just for the ornate striking altar, which you find in many churches, but the 12 alcove altars, six on each side, are so beautiful and ornate with gilded woodwork, 18th century paintings and marble finishings each being very different. Combined with the ceiling artwork it was excellent.
Written July 23, 2021
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY1,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Sao Roque is not to be missed for the over the top design and execution of the decoration of the church. Baroque to the max. Each chapel is spectacular. The most sumptuous is the Royal Chapel built in Rome and then moved to Lisbon. The Ecclesiastical Museum attached to the church is well worth a visit also. Again very over the top displays of Roman Catholic Religious art and artifacts.
Written March 8, 2020
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JJJC_Family
Virginia810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This is a neat church with a wonderful painted wooden ceiling. Like many Jesuit churches, it’s elaborate ornamentation almost overwhelms your senses. Sometimes they are overly gaudy, particularly in its gilding, but here it is just lovely and the quality of workmanship exquisite. It’s the sort of church you do not want to leave, because no mater how closely you look and how long, you know you haven’t seen it all. The trouble is you want to see it all. Eventually it’s time to move on. Saddened, but just glad you had the opportunity to see it at all and if you are one of the lucky ones, like we were, you get to come back and admire it once again. Don’t worry. It’ll be just as magical the second time around.
Written January 3, 2022
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Derek C.
New York City, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Stumbled along this hauntingly scarred church on our first evening strolling around the streets of Lisbon. The ceiling is completely unadorned, with scraggly columns and interior walls, a relic of the calamities it experienced in the past. Interesting to see this kind of memory preserved.
Written May 30, 2022
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Christina M
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Absolutely incredible!! Don’t let the outside deceive you. Everything is so incredibly beautiful and detailed. We happened to go on a Sunday, so we were even able to hear the organ and some choir singers practice. An experience I will never forget!
Written June 29, 2022
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