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Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina )
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Reviewed August 29, 2019

This is just the most compelling church I've ever seen. Demolished twice by earthquakes then rebuilt only to be scarred badly by a fire in 1959. The church roof was put back on but much of the fire damage was retained. So the pillars are cracked and flaky - deliberately. The congregation are mainly from the African/Portuguese community and we saw a mass that was very moving and beautiful singing. I'm not religious at all but this church has an incredible atmosphere. Totally recommend.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Tony M
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Reviewed August 20, 2019

The Igreja de São Domingos is a church that been destroyed not once, but three times in the Lisbon earthquakes of 1531 and 1755, and lastly in a fire in 1959. Although renovated after the fire and restored so that it would be structurally sound, much of the damage remain and clearly visible. Many of the chapels look a little like ruins, albeit redecorated to be like a typical church chapel. Actually the ruined look gives the church a rather interesting look and makes it more atmospheric.

Worth a visit when in Lisbon, especially if you have a bit of time.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

This church is beautiful and a lot of history behind it. I came as part of a walking tour and so glad we visited here!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

Igreja de Sao Domingos is the famous half-burned church in Lisbon and a must-visit regardless of your religious persuasion.

Despite the fire damage this is still a beautiful piece of architecture and a very relaxing place to be - I am an ardent atheist yet it was very calming seeing people praying and *mostly* being quiet.

But of course, there are always going to be those mindless tourists who talk loudly and kill the vibe, though they did have someone employed to shush the obnoxious loudmouths at least.

If this isn't selling it enough, it's also free to visit and can serve as a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Also, it's right next to Ginjinha, which I firmly recommend too!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

Incredible church with a haunting exterior that captures the damage of the 1755 earthquake. Nice for a peaceful break on a walking tour of the Baixa.

Date of experience: July 2019
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