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Saint Anthony Church

Saint Anthony's birthplace



Santo Antonio Church, Lisbon


Santo António (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua), revered as a matchmaker, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found, was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church.

Work began in 1757, and the façade blends the Baroque style with Neoclassical Ionic columns.

Inside, the altar features an image of the saint with Christ in his arms, the sacristy is faced with 18th-century tiles, and there is a modern tile panel commemorating the visit of Pope John Paul II to the church in 1982.

Next door is a small museum with images and manuscripts relating to the life of the saint, as well as gold and silverware used to decorate the church.

Mass marriages known as "St. Anthony's Weddings" are held here during the mid-June St. Anthony's Day celebrations.

Get FREE admission to the Saint Anthony Church Museum and ride Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for free with the Lisboa Card.


St. Anthony Church, Lisbon

Visitor's Guide

Where: Largo Santo Antonio à Sé, Alfama
How: Walk up from Baixa or tram 28.
When: 8AM-7:30PM Daily; Museum 10AM-1PM, 2PM-6PM (Closed Mondays)


Attractions Nearby

The Cathedral - The city's oldest building.
Saint George's Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol - Standing over Alfama's rooftops, domes, and church towers.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.
São Vicente de Fora Church - A 16th century monastery with an exceptional tiled interior.
The National Pantheon - The domed church that took centuries to complete.
The Roman Theater - The archaological remains of a once large Roman theater.
Decorative Arts Museum - A captivating decorative arts collection.





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