Filippo Terzi, the architect who designed São Vicente on the outskirts of the Alfama, also designed this Renaissance church, at the Jesuits' behest. It was completed in 1574. Several side chapels contain statuary and art dating from the early 17th century. The last one on the left is the extraordinary 18th-century Capela de São João Baptista (Chapel of St. John the Baptist): built in Rome, decorated with mosaics that resemble oil paintings, the chapel was taken apart,
shipped to Lisbon, and reassembled here in 1747. Adjoining the church, the Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art) displays an engaging collection of rich clerical vestments and liturgical objects.
Largo Trindade Coelho, Lisbon, Portugal
Jul 11, 2004
First Jesuit hall church in Lisbon, all open and airy, with beautiful side chapels. Look out for important relics, one of the thorns from the crown of thorns and a piece of the wood from Jesus's crib set in a golden reliquary. The John the Baptist chapel is the most expensive chapel in the Europe with the beauty in the detail - the 3 paintings are mosaics - look at the floor first to get a feel for the Italian workmanship!