Igreja de São Roque & Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara
Guided tour in English. Free of charge.
Both monuments are next door to each other.
We will start with the visit to Igreja de São Roque and after we proceed to Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara.
The Church of São Roque was dedicated to St. Roch, it was built by the Jesuits between Protected content 1573. It has a number of magnificent chapels, including the one that’s often described as the “world’s most expensive.” That’s the Chapel of St. John the Baptist, an extraordinary masterpiece of European art, ordered from Rome by the portuguese king John V in Protected content .
Inside you may also find a great collection of portuguese art from paintings to tiles, and also the third largest collection of relics in Europe.
The convent of São Pedro de Alcântara was founded in Protected content .
It was comissioned by the First Marquis of Marialva as a vote to Saint Peter of Alcantara, for his aid and protection of the portuguese against the spanish during the Wars of Restoration.
Built in Protected content , it holds a great collection of paintings and tiles but the convent's “crowning glory” is the Chapel of the Lencastres, which was built next to the church in Protected content has remained unaltered to this day, having escaped the effects of the earthquake. Built in memory of Veríssimo of Lencastre, cardinal of Lisbon. The walls are inlaid with different coloured marble of Italian influence.
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