Igreja de S–o Domingos

Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Attractions, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, Local Picks, Religious Sites, Unusual

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With foundations dating back to 1241, Igreja de São Domingos is one of Lisbon's oldest churches. But what is truly remarkable about this ancient structure is that it is still standing. Once one of...  Read More


  • Free Things to Do: "Look out for the sacristy, which survived the 1755 earthquake and the fire in 1959 and is the most complete part of the original building."
  • Historic Sites: "A display of old newspaper cuttings near the entrance illustrates the extent of the 1959 fire."
  • Sightseeing: "The sacristy survived the 1755 earthquake and escaped the fire in 1959, making it the most intact structure of the original building."
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: This free to enter visitor attraction stands as one of Lisbon's more unusual landmarks in that it has survived centuries of mishap and calamity.
  • Best for Historic Sites Because: While not the most attractive of Lisbon's many churches, Igreja de São Domingos stands out for its seemingly indestructible qualities against misfortunate.
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: Despite its austere and fire-damaged interior, Igreja de São Domingos remains one of the most fascinating churches in Lisbon, and certainly the most unusual.

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