Santo Amaro Chapel

Lisboa

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Classified as a National Monument since 1910, the lovely Santo Amaro Chapel is one of the pleasant treasures of cosmopolitan Lisboa.
Founded in 1549, it is accessed through a steep stairway, reflecting the symbolism of the “town of the seven hills”, as Lisboa is often called, overlooking the superb Tejo river.
The origins of the Chapel are unknown. Some say that it might have been founded by a group of sailors from Galicia, others say that it might have been founded by fraternity of friars of the Order of Christ, organized here in 1532.
Since early times this Chapel was a place of Processions, famous for its Santo Amaro Procession (one of the most appreciated in the city), that used to took place every 15th of January. The last one happened in 1911.
This small temple with a round plant in Renaissance style was probably projected by Diogo de Torralva, one of the much renowned architects of the 16th century.
The atrium is covered by a notable set of glazed tiles in a late-mannerist style, alluding to Santo Amaro. Also quite interesting are the three 18th century wrought iron portals.
For many years this Chapel was abandoned and pillaged, yet in 1927 was delivered to a religious service ‘Santíssimo Sacramento’ fraternity and again restored for cult.
Nowadays the Chapel is only opened to the public on Mondays.

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