Largo Trindade Coelho, Lisbon, Portugal
21 346 0361
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you're near the Praça dos Restauradores, take the Elevador da Gloria to the top and you'll land near the São Roque church without having to hike through the Bairro Alto.
The São Roque church was constructed by Jesuits in the 16th century on the old site of a chapel dedicated to Saint Roch. During times of plague and disease epidemics, people would pray to Saint Roch for health. Upon entering the church, the elaborately crafted mannerist ceiling catches your attention with its carved and painted Prussian wood. All of the chapels lining the main nave are impressive, but the most is the St. John the Baptist one which is decorated in rich marble, gold, and lapis lazuli. You can also pay homage to Saint Roch in his chapel which is located on the site of the original chapel. Leaving the church the exterior façade is shockingly simple.