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10 Churches in Lisbon, Portugal: A photo essay

During our two week stay in Lisbon, we’ve been in more churches than we can count. As we wander the streets, if we come across a church with open doors, we take a peek inside. Churches of every size and style have elicited gawking from us as we take in the beauty and history of the churches in Lisbon, Portugal.

We’ve been the sole visitors in enormous churches, our echoing footsteps the only sound and we’ve walked into smaller, lesser-known churches where every pew is filled for evening mass. Being that it is Christmastime, simple decorations add a festive touch, Nativity scenes are on display and almost every church hosts a Christmas concert.

10 Churches in Lisbon, Portugal

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#1: Basilica da Estrela

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #1: Basilica da Estrela

Basilica da Estrela in Lisbon, Portugal

Basilica da Estrela in Lisbon, Portugal

Basilica da Estrela - The famous Nativity scene with more than 500 pieces at the Basilica da Estrela

The famous Nativity scene with more than 500 pieces at the Basilica da Estrela

 

#2: Igreja de Santa Catarina

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #2: Igreja de Santa Catarina

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#3: Church of Sao Roque

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #3: Church of Sao Roque

Church of Sao Roque in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#4: Basilica dos Martires

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #4: Basilica dos Martires

 Basilica dos Martires in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#5: Sao Domingos Church

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #5: Sao Domingos Church

Sao Domingos Church in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#6: Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #6: Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha

Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#7: Lisbon Cathedral (Se)

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #7: Lisbon Cathedral (Se)

Lisbon Cathedral (Se)

 Lisbon Cathedral (Se) in in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#8: Sao Miguel d’Alfama

Sao Miguel d'Alfama

 

#9: Igreja da Graca

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #9: Igreja da Graca

Igreja da Graca in Lisbon, Portugal

 Igreja da Graca in Lisbon, Portugal

 

#10: Sao Vicente de Fora

Churches in Lisbon, Portugal #10: Sao Vicente de Fora

Sao Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal

 

Our top tips for your trip to Lisbon

Where To Stay

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What to eat in Lisbon

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Before You Go

  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.  
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14 thoughts on “10 Churches in Lisbon, Portugal: A photo essay

  1. Cindy

    Thank you for the church tour. What religion do you follow if any? Loved the nativity scene in #4 & Lisbon Cathedral exterior resembles Notre Dame in Paris. Hope the holidays aren’t as commercial as they are here. Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Cindy ~ I am Catholic and I love old, European churches. The churches in Lisbon are so beautiful ~ we said the same thing about the Lisbon Cathedral being similar to Notre Dame. It’s difficult to tell how commercial the holidays are here, since we are slightly isolated (we don’t watch TV, language barrier, not a big group of friends to ask). But, my impression is that it’s a mix. There are Santa decorations, but also baby Jesus banners. There is shopping for presents, but the present giving (at least in Lisbon) doesn’t happen until January 6, keeping Christmas (possibly) a little more about religion. Both church concerts we attended were in enormous churches and were standing room only. We’ll be in Barcelona for Christmas, so it might be different there. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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