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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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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  • The current state is sad, but it can be uplifting to know that it's slowly being rebuilt. Not a must see, but because of the other sights in the area it's worth going to.  more »
  • We visited this church before knowing it's history and were somewhat shocked by state of disrepair of the interior. Once we read up on it's disastrous past we had an explanation but still not a must s...  more »
  • The church was dedicated in 1241 and before the modern Republic of Portugal in 1910 it was the wedding church of the Portuguese royals. The church was damaged by the earthquake of 1531 and almost comp...  more »
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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.