Museu São Roque
Largo Trindade Coelho
Our Rating Neighborhood Chiado Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm (Thurs 2–9pm) Transportation Bus: 758, 202 Phone 21/323-5444 Prices 5€, free for kids under 14 and adults over 65, free for all ages Sun before 2pm Web site Museu São Roque
Two archetypical Portuguese art forms are azulejos, the glazed tiles so visible on buildings around Lisbon, and talha dourada, elaborately carved woodwork coated with gold leaf that reached its peak during the Baroque era (when Portugal was awash with gold from its Brazilian colony). The two come together with spectacular effect at the Church and Museum of São Roque. Once the headquarters of the Jesuit order in Portugal, the church's interior is an 18th-century extravaganza in blue and gold. Among its 10 glittering chapels, the Capela de São João Baptista stands out. King João V, flush with Brazilian riches, had this glorious confection in Carrara marble, gold, precious stones, and Baroque painting specially made in Rome and shipped over at enormous cost. The church where Jesuit priests once lived in poverty contains one of Portugal's richest collections of religious art from early Flemish paintings to ivory crucifixes from Jesuit missions in south Asia, to Italian gilt ware destined for King João's chapel. One of Lisbon's lesser-known museums, but well worth a visit.
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