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Conceição Velha Church

A survivor of the Great Earthquake



Conceição Velha Church in Lisbon, Portugal


Located east of Comercio Square on Rua da Alfândega, this 16th-century church is where an old 15th-century Jewish temple once stood.

The interior seen today, with just one nave, was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755, but the elaborate doorway survived the disaster, and is a brilliant example of early Manueline architecture.
It is decorated with angels, beasts, flowers, armillary spheres, and the cross of the Order of Christ. Also shown is Our Lady of Mercy sheltering King Manuel I and Queen Leonor beneath her stone mantle.

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Conceição Velha Church in Lisbon, Portugal

Visitor's Guide

Where: Rua da Alfândega, Baixa
How: Walk from Comercio Square
When: 8AM-7PM


Attractions Nearby

Comercio Square - Monumental riverside square.
Municipal Square - Home of the City Hall palace.
Rua Augusta - The city's main shopping street.
Santa Justa Elevator - An Eiffel Tower-like landmark with views over the city.
São Domingos Church - A church marked by tragedy.
Casa dos Bicos - A 16th century architectural curiosity.





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