Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina)

Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina)

Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina)
4.5
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The area
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Rossio • 2 min walk
  • Restauradores • 3 min walk
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  • Robert C
    Chatham, Canada199 contributions
    A most moving experience
    The 800 year history of Sao Domingos is well documented. Attending Mass in this historic edifice is truly moving. Fortunately our Sintra tour guide, Marietta, on the day before suggested Sao Domingos as, in her opinion, the best place for us. She was most correct!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    Large cavernous church with a salmon color ceiling
    This is a large cavernous church dominated by an arched ceiling that is devoid of artwork and painted in a curious salmon color. At the time we visited, a mass was in progress and so our views were limited to the back of the church. But it still looked impressive.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,006 contributions
    Really different interior
    Stumbled across this church in my first hour in Lisbon. From the outside it's a rustic, grand white building but inside is damaged concrete pillars infused with more modern renovations. It's quite a plain church but is also striking in it's differentness. When I visited there was someone playing the organ which added to the experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,941 contributions
    A fairly plain church with a dark history.
    From the outside this church is much like others in the city. The inside, however, is largely devoid of decorative features and it shows signs of damage from a devastating fire in 1959. Earlier in its history it was the site of the massacre of about 1200 Jews encouraged by the priest. There are references to the fire inside the church but not to the massacre. Worth a quick visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Lainie L
    New York City, New York198 contributions
    An unexpected find!
    I stumbled into the Church of St. Dominic purely by accident because I was lost and reading my map, trying to get my bearings. I didn't even know this was a church until I saw a small tour group with a guide discussing it and decided to pop in to see for myself. This was an unexpected find, just for the unusually colored ceiling alone! Worth a quick look if you're nearby!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 6, 2023
  • Quill2005
    Ocala, Florida228 contributions
    Historic, Unusual, Beautiful Church
    Easy to reach near Rossio Square and Figueira Square, this historic church that dates back to as far as the 13th century but has been altered through the centuries. This church, dedicated to St. Dominic, was the site of major royal events such as royal weddings. The church was damaged by earthquakes (including the infamous 1755 one) and by fire in 1959. When it came to restoring the church it was decided to leave the scarred interiors intact. These scarred areas do not detach from the beauty of the church, but rather lend an unusual aura to this special place of worship. When going to sit in the ‘pews’ section, just take note of the step down into the area and avoid tripping. Do visit this historic and special church, it’s got a special beauty to its interiors.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 4, 2024
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,673 contributions
Jul 2021
I’ve been trying to figure out why I like St. Dominic’s Church so much. It doesn’t seem to follow the same pattern of decorative perfection that most other churches in the city do.

There’s something about St. Dominic’s that conjures up in my mind two images. One image, of a young girl - blessed with all the innocence and beauty of youth. The other, of a very old woman - now devoid of youthful beauty, but blessed with all the wisdom of age. Each is beautiful in her own way.

Youth is like a blank canvas, with the lines of life yet to be etched on it. On the other hand, age is like the canvas that has recorded all the scars that come with the passage of time and a life lived.

To me, St. Dominic’s is like the old woman: beautiful, but not in the conventional sense.

And, with that, I hope St. Dominic will forgive me for not using a male in my analogy. :-)
Written July 24, 2021
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,663 contributions
Feb 2020
A lot of bad things have happened to this church. A massacre during the plague, a earthquake, and then a big fire. You can still see the scars of the fire on the walls and that makes this church eeire and unique. I fould it to be very cool.
Written March 21, 2020
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Michael K
995 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a large cavernous church dominated by an arched ceiling that is devoid of artwork and painted in a curious salmon color. At the time we visited, a mass was in progress and so our views were limited to the back of the church. But it still looked impressive.
Written June 17, 2023
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
Dec 2019
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 the work, repairs, earthquake and fires completely changed the original medieval structure. Partially rebuilt after the fire , the ceiling was erected, the walls were not renovated. There are still blackened areas. It is simple, but at the same time impresses with its huge stone columns. A wonderful church that you should see while in Lisbon.
Written November 10, 2020
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,825 contributions
Oct 2022
Immediately upon entering this church, visitors will be entranced with the orange/coral ceiling, so unusual for a church. Perhaps it was to hide damage done by a fire in 1959, damage which could, however, be observed on the grey battered looking columns against the walls. The interior is simplistic with the main nave drawing the eye to the main altar, gilded with gold. The high clerestory windows were the only windows that allowed in light - typical of a basilica church architectural style. The exterior of the church is plain and flush with other buildings on each side. Just look for the cross at the top of the building. The church is located behind the Theater, quite close to other attractions in the area and is easily found. We popped in for a quick photo. There is no admission charge.

Outside on the square in front of the church, don’t miss the unusual shaped monument to Jews massacred on the square in 1506. That public square was also the place for burning people at the stake by the Inquisition who had offices around this church.
Written December 19, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,380 contributions
Nov 2021
Right in the center of Lisbon, this used to be a place for royal weddings. Having survived two earthquakes and a one major fire, I suppose this 1240’s built church was built well. The restoration after the 1959 fire left behind a lot of the signs of the fire and that is just one of it’s charms. Made extensively with rose marble on the inside, this church is a lot more somber feeling than many others but if you look closely, still a lot of very ornate details. It is very beautiful but in a very different way that most the the ostentatious counterparts across the country and Europe. A quick stop here for a few minutes to check out this stalwart of the neighborhood would be a good option.
Written February 26, 2022
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,054 contributions
Jun 2022
The dim interior is painted a haunting orange, with ruined sections of old fire damaged church jutting out from the walls.
Hidden in the small alcoves are gruesome & disturbing depictions of Jesus’ death & decaying body.

The massive stone pillars are scorched from the fire (1959) that ravaged the church & there is still a lingering smell of burning in the air.

Admission free.
Written June 14, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,756 contributions
Jun 2022
Do not expect lavish decorations, gilded sculptures, marble carvings, painted ceiling, stained glass, Azulejos....and other Church decorations you're used to see in Portuguese Churches.
Contrary to that, you'll see eerie interiors with damaged stone columns, partly with black leftovers from fire and the ceiling painted in orange.
But, in these features is the beauty of this very unusual Church in Portugal capital.
Once the place of royal weddings from 13c onwards, this Roman Catholic Church was severely damaged, but survived earthquakes and fires.
Don't miss this different kind beauty as it's very easy accessible - in the very center, steps away from the Rossio square.
Written July 5, 2022
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN1,379 contributions
Jun 2022
Just outside of bustling Plaza Rossio is this intriguing Lisbon church with an ordinary, unremarkable exterior but a dark and mysterious interior. While the cathedral isn’t among the most striking in Europe, you’ll notice the stunningly cavernous cathedral with towering pillars. It looks ancient, and in fact the foundation of Igreja de São Domingos dates to 1241. However, most of what you see was built by 1807 after the cathedral was leveled by the 7.7-magnitude earthquake of 1755. The ceiling is unremarkable, but the interior is certainly unique among the Portuguese churches.
Written June 27, 2022
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,067 contributions
Sep 2022
At first glance this church doesn't look that great from the outside, but once within it's an entirely different matter. It's greatest features are it's arches and pillars that adorn either side of the aisle and on it's altar. They look like they've been flown in from Athens with their old style rugged and rustic look and seem as though they've been carved out of the rock. The altar is equally as splendent and this is one not to be missed!
Written September 29, 2022
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