Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, Lisbon

4.9
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Known for its opulent interior laden with gilt, wood, and tiles, Church and Convent of Madre de Deus is well worth a detour from the city center. Originally part of a 16th-century convent, nowadays it houses a tile museum, the only one of its kind in the country. Meander through the halls admiring the impressive collection of the azulejo-painted tin-glazed decorative tiles--dating back to Moorish origins in the 15th century. Don't miss the paneled ceiling, lavish Baroque pulpit and altar, and gilt-framed paintings depicting scenes from the lives of St Francis and St Clare. Use our Lisbon trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Church and Convent of Madre de Deus and other attractions in Lisbon.
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  • This is a wonderful building housing a wonderful museum. The collection of tiles covers centuries of beautiful art. The Lisbon Panorama is worth the entrance fee alone. The serenity of the site is so....  more »
  • The monastery hosing the Tile Museum is worth the visit as admission price is included with entrance to the Museum. The grandeur is overwhelming, as is realisation of the power of the church.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful churches in Portugal, all cooked in gold The most beautiful and remarkable of the monuments, or buildings that the Queen ordered were built, and where it rests, the convent of the Madre de Deus, in the Gothic Manueline style, houses today the National Museum of Azulejo, constituting one of the richest cultural heritage Portuguese. He told him to be buried. It was built in 1509, and since then it has always been integrated into the House of Queens. He was occupied by Clarissas, Franciscanas barefoot from the first rule of St. Clare, to which the Queen herself, as a widow, made a vow, and wanted to obey. The Majestic convent of the Madre de Deus was subjected to magnificent architectural interventions and luxurious decoration over the centuries, having possessed an exceptional heritage in goldsmiths and works of art. From the time of its foundation, there is mainly the ground floor, notable for its Claustrim, and the so-called Chapel of D. Leonor. And, surviving the earthquake of 1755, abroad there is also the façade, ornamented with beautiful portals and windows in pure Manueline style, which used to give directly to the sands of the beach of Xabregas, over the Tagus. Queen Leonor passed away in her palace of Xabregas, on the outskirts of Lisbon, next to the convent of the same name. Right there, in Xabregas, he wanted to be buried, in his magnificent convent of the Madre de Deus, in a shallow grave of cold and bare stone, in a place of passage, so that all would tread. Gestures of great humility that he moved, and that he wanted to demonstrate to the coming, that they would pass through, the sign of the smallness of the things of the world in the face of eternity. SOURCE Win:
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  • Beautiful church inside the National Tile Museum. A wealth! Nice pictures. The roof is amazing!
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