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

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#12 of 34 in Historic Sites in Lisbon
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. For Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ) and beyond, use our Lisbon trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • August 18, 2017
    You should visit and know its history to assess it. It is amazing what passed and what you feel when you look at it. The damn Church. If you come to Lisbon to learn its history and then visits it. Let me know.!
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  • August 18, 2017
    A church with her dark history, nice architecture, a special style; it was the wedding church from the royals; still and dark impression, damaged by earthquakes and a fire, but - surviving all difficu...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This Baroque church was burned 40 years ago and has been magistralmente "restored"by architect Canas. It is a say a summer cleaned, consolidated, covered with a dome. The triumphant gilding and sculptures gave rise to a magical temple, Baroque, but all gray, like a mirage lost in the half-light. Must see
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  • You must see this church. Don't worry about covering yourself too much. People here are more open minded than in Spain and Italy.
  • After traveling a lot in Europe (and specially Italy........sooooo many beautiful churches!) one gets tired of religious buildings unless they are special or outstanding. Well, Sao Domingo is definitely unique, with its burnt walls, crumbling columns and overall an eerie atmosphere. We enjoyed the visit very much to be honest!
  • An incredible church which has been restored after three major calamities ( earthquake of 1531 and 1757 and fire of 1959). The restoration work after 1959 left many signs of the fire in place which makes this church a very unique and interesting place to visit.
  • Breath taking church. A must see if your in the area.
  • Stunning church where the scars of time have not been rubbed out.

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