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

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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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  • If it hadn't been behind the hotel where we were, probably we wouldn't have visited. Signs of fire are the most particular.
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  • Seemed to me not so special from the outside, inside I found it anyway very nicely with striking variegated red stucco walls and for a Catholic Church not too much decoration.
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  • The Church of s. Domingos was the spiritual center of the Dominicans, Friars much data to the sacrifice of Jews in 16th and 17th century. Whether they were Jews or reported as being were arrested sacrificed to confessare ... and if you don't believe in Moses or simply confess that fazima some fasts ... took another half back on the pulley to confess. All of this was going on in the Palace of Estaus ae next to this church, where is today the theatre d. Maria. If completed the torments and survived without confession, could be sentenced to die at the stake (as happened to António José da SIlva) or as was to happen to the Pe António Vieira. And then for those who confessed and were sorry there were processions in the Church, the faith, with the cross, appropriate clothing and insignias of Jew! The Catholic religious fervor even led to a killing in 1506 of hundreds of people in the Jewish community and the flight of many individuals from Portugal to secure stops like Holland or the Ottoman Empire. If you hear the walls of St. Dominic in silence can still hear the screams of many innocents, including children mortificadas and acuasdas of being responsible for the plague.
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  • This church has a lot of history and has so much meaning to Lisbon. Worth visiting
  • Please help donate to this church for in need of restoration. Such great historical building needs to be conserved for future generations to enjoy
  • Well worth a visit. Really interesting background story. Lovely inside and outside. Great find in Lisbon.
  • Incredible internal structure showing earthquake and fire damage. Worth a visit.
  • Nice church with a ton of history and particular charm. Worth a read to their wiki page.