Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa | Portugal Visitor
Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa
The Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa is located in the Alfama district of the Portuguese capital close to Lisbon Cathedral (Sé).
The church is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Lisbon (aka Saint Anthony of Padua) and was supposedly built on the site where the saint was born in 1195.
A chapel was first constructed here in the 15th century and replaced by a larger church in the 16th century during the reign of King Manuel I. This structure was destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and another church was completed in the 1760’s in a Baroque-Rococo design.
June 13 is Saint Anthony’s day and a procession leaves from the church on that day in celebration. A statue of the Saint (by Soares Branco) stands in the square in front of the church. It was unveiled to coincide with the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982 as was an modern azulejos tile panel commemorating the papal visit.
Adjacent to the church is a small museum dedicated to the saint.
Tradition holds that newlyweds visit the church, pray and leave flowers to the saint.
Largo de Santo António da Sé
Tel: 21 886 9145
Hours: 10 am – 7 pm;
The church is close to a number of other attractions in the Alfama district including the Aljube Museum, Teatro Romano, Casa dos Bicos, Arco da Rua Augusta, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha and several fado and music clubs.
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