Igreja de São Roque
Igreja de São Roque
4.5
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Restauradores • 4 min walk
  • Rossio • 5 min walk
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  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    mind blowing detail
    We had walked past this a few times and never even realised it was a church. after seeing it online, we walked to it on our last day. Outside the building is plain and unassuming. Go inside and it's amazing. So many different things to see and so much detail, craftsmanship, beauty. Don't miss it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,623 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly ornamental baroque Church.
    The rather plain exterior of this church belies the ornate baroque interior. It has an abundance of gilt and detailed carvings. Among them are the ugliest cherubs you're likely to find in any church. Also of interest are the rather bizarre reliquaries containing the bones of saints, martyrs and virgins. All rather macabre. No doubt the rather oppressive and creepy atmosphere helped keep believers in check. Worth seeing.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, Colorado959 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, Beautiful Church
    We visited this church while in Lisbon. The entry fee was reasonable (2,5 euros). This church is beautifully decorated inside, my favorite feature being the ceiling, which is darker than most church ceilings, but painted beautifully. To me, this church is very unique, and different than many other churches I have seen. I recommend stopping in to see this much if you are in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of Gold
    On the main road between Chiado and Principe Real, you will find one of the most opulent churches in Lisbon. It is full of gold, highly decorated and thus attracts a lot of visitors. If you see one church in Lisbon, this should be the one.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Quill2005
    Ocala, Florida266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Gilded Interior with a Very Good Museum Next Door
    A special, wonderfully decorated church full of gilded décor. The side chapels are quite something to see. Be sure to while you’re here, to visit the adjacent museum as well which contains impressive ecclesiastical objects.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t Miss
    This was one of the most decorated church of this trip and surprised that not more visitors were here to see it. It was free to enter but if one wanted to visit the museum next door then it charged a small admission. Almost every inch was covered with paintings, statues, gilding and so much more. We spent a lot of time looking at the sumptuous details. This church also showcased a large number of reliquaries, some in containers representing the body part inside. I was used to seeing just a few in other churches but here they were plentiful. Don’t miss this church!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
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slinkype
Andover, UK244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful chapel. Nice area with plenty of shops and restaurants. Not very impressive from the outside but much nicer inside.
Accompanying museum OK, quite small, some religious imagery
Written 21 May 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was one of the most decorated church of this trip and surprised that not more visitors were here to see it. It was free to enter but if one wanted to visit the museum next door then it charged a small admission.

Almost every inch was covered with paintings, statues, gilding and so much more. We spent a lot of time looking at the sumptuous details.

This church also showcased a large number of reliquaries, some in containers representing the body part inside. I was used to seeing just a few in other churches but here they were plentiful.

Don’t miss this church!
Written 15 April 2024
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Canadianeh
Ottawa, Canada38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Probably the most stunning church in Europe.. and I have seen a lot of European churches. It is a must see for Lisbon if for no reason but for the design and opulence. The church is very plain on the outside which is intriguing.
Written 26 March 2024
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A special, wonderfully decorated church full of gilded décor. The side chapels are quite something to see. Be sure to while you’re here, to visit the adjacent museum as well which contains impressive ecclesiastical objects.
Written 5 January 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
On the main road between Chiado and Principe Real, you will find one of the most opulent churches in Lisbon. It is full of gold, highly decorated and thus attracts a lot of visitors. If you see one church in Lisbon, this should be the one.
Written 28 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO959 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited this church while in Lisbon. The entry fee was reasonable (2,5 euros). This church is beautifully decorated inside, my favorite feature being the ceiling, which is darker than most church ceilings, but painted beautifully. To me, this church is very unique, and different than many other churches I have seen. I recommend stopping in to see this much if you are in the area.
Written 19 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia2,623 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
The rather plain exterior of this church belies the ornate baroque interior. It has an abundance of gilt and detailed carvings. Among them are the ugliest cherubs you're likely to find in any church. Also of interest are the rather bizarre reliquaries containing the bones of saints, martyrs and virgins. All rather macabre. No doubt the rather oppressive and creepy atmosphere helped keep believers in check. Worth seeing.
Written 20 August 2023
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rayraysworld
Warwick, UK1,960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had walked past this a few times and never even realised it was a church. after seeing it online, we walked to it on our last day. Outside the building is plain and unassuming. Go inside and it's amazing. So many different things to see and so much detail, craftsmanship, beauty. Don't miss it.
Written 10 August 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Church of São Roque is one of my favourites in Lisbon. It is located at Largo Trindade Coelho just beside the adjacent Museum of São Roque and is free to visit from 2pm to 6pm (Mondays) and 9am to 6pm (Tues - Sun). You can also combine your visit with the museum (€2.50) which is open from 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Mondays).

São Roque is the oldest Jesuit church in the Portuguese World and was built during the 16th and early 17th centuries. It was one of the few buildings that survived the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake mostly intact, providing rare opportunity to see one of Lisbon's historic sites that remains as it would have been seen before the disastrous quake.

The facade of the church is fairly subtle and unrevealing of the opulent splendour that you will see within. The interior quickly reminds one of Baroque churches you will have seen in Rome and Vienna with decorative side chapels, ornately displayed altars, masterful artworks and a richly painted ceiling fresco. It is a marvel to just sit and enjoy what you are seeing all around you.

Several chapels within São Roque would be the highlights of other churches. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist in particular is remarkable. Considered the most expensive chapel ever constructed at its time (1742-1750), many of the chapel treasures are considered too valuable to be displayed openly in the church. You can see them within the Museum just next door.

In the end, if you are short on time a 15-20 minute visit to the Church of São Roque will likely suffice. If you have an extra 20-30 minutes it is well worth making the effort to walk through the museum to see the church's fine artworks, sculptures and treasures as well.
Written 23 June 2023
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The relatively plain facade hides an opulently decorated church inside. The chapel to the left of the altar, the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, came from Vatican. This is the only chapel in a church that I am aware of where there is a guard watching it. Don't forget to look up at the painted arched ceiling. It is only when you look at the reflection of light on the ceiling on either side of the church that you realize the ceiling is actually flat. Being a beautiful church, there were lots of tourists but since the church is relatively large, the crowd size was manageable.
Written 18 June 2023
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