Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina)

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

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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Plan your visit
The area
Address
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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Julia
Trencin, Slovakia46 contributions
Sep 2021
The church is extraordinary and very interesting. You can see the impact of earthquake on this church and it has amazing atmosphere. I liked it very much, the best church in Lisbon to visit. Entrance is free.
Written September 23, 2021
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,247 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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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,957 contributions
Jun 2021
Excellent interior. Many of the pillars looked to have suffered previous damage from earthquakes etc and have not been restored. This only served to enhance the overall appearance which just seems so authentically affected by time
Written July 23, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,706 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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David
Oxford, UK1,055 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
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 restoration but also triumph over adversity.
Written August 31, 2020
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June A
Surrey, UK2,301 contributions
Nov 2019
This wonderful church which is free to enter sits at one end of Rossio Square and dates from the thirteenth century, having survived two earthquakes and fires. The scars of both are still visible which makes the church quite unique in that sense.
Written August 8, 2020
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GlobeTrotter10101
United Kingdom180 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Wowowwowo

The church was destroyed by earthquake and fire. Inside you can see the damage and it has so much soul and character. I felt it was a lost building from the bottom of the ocean. Atlantis like.

You must go and it. It is also free.
Written June 19, 2020
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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,376 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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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
At one end of Rossio square. Free to enter. This was a major Lisbon church used by royalty. After the earthquake it was made smaller. In 1959 it was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt. When you enter you get the sense of the fire and also of the history of the building
Written February 25, 2020
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC498 contributions
Feb 2020
Dating from 1241, this church has survived 2 earthquakes (1531 and 1755) and a fire (1959). The odor of charred wood can still be smelled today. It was here, on April 19, 1506, that the Lisbon Massacre began, ultimately resulting in 1,900 Jewish converts to Christianity were burned, alive or dead, in the adjacent public square. The orange/coral-colored plaster walls and ceiling recall the fires that have played such an important role in its history while the scarred gray columns suggest the earthquakes it has survived as well as the ash and soot remaining after a fire.
Written February 22, 2020
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