Pay a Visit to the “Most Expensive Chapel on the Planet” – An Impressive Display of Luxury & Faith

When you first see the Igreja de São Roque or the Church of Saint Roch from the outside, you might think “oh just another boring church”, but go inside and you’ll be blown away! Why? Because it’s said to be the world’s most expensive church!

17th Century Masterpiece
Said to be the home of some of the most expensive and prized Catholic architecture and art of Europe, the Igreja de São Roque at first used as a shrine for the beloved Saint Roche during the 1500’s. When the Jesuits came to Lisbon during the16th century, King John III gave them permission to build a church where the shrine was. The construction was completed in the 1600s, but the most significant renovations took place in the 1800’s.

Within Easy Distance
The church is located in downtown Lisbon in an area known as Largo Trindade Coelho. Therefore, it’s just a short walk away from many Lisbon, Portugal hotels such as the AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel. Also its right next to the Museu de São Roque. The metro station that’s nearest to the church is the Baixa-Chiado. However, this will involve a bit of a walk up a steep hill.

The Most Prized Element of the Church
Each chapel of the Igreja de São Roque are simply stunning with their intricate elements and masterpieces of sculpture, mosaic, and painting; it’s the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist or the Capela de São João Baptista that’s really the icing on the cake. Its considered to be the most prized element of the church.

Important Information
There’s no entrance fee required at the Igreja de São Roque. But you should know that it still works as a functional church so if you want to explore the church at ease best to avoid the mass, unless you want to take part in it of course. Igreja de São Roque is open every day except on Mondays from 9:30 to 5:00. The museum that’s located next to the church is open from 10:00 to 6:00 and charges a fee of €2.50 for entrance.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

Explore the Most Beautiful Attractions in Lisbon – A Cultural Masterclass

Set about discovering the allure and magic of Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, where archaeological ruins, religious shrines and medieval castles stand testament to a glorious culture. Strewn with a number of neighbourhoods and villages, all laying claim to Lisbon’s appeal as a popular tourist hotspot, visitors can opt for staying at a hotel such as the AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel from where the city’s every nook and cranny are but a stone’s throw away. Decorated with beautiful landscapes and traditional restaurants, the tiny village of Sintra is home to the impressive Palacio da Pena which was built in the 19th century. Surrounded by gardens and statues, the area was once covered by more than 500 plant species. Also, the Park of Nations completed in 1998 which is found north of Lisbon celebrates 500 years of Portuguese maritime discoveries and welcomes the curious at heart to meander across its landscapes where modern architecture complements the history of the city.

Ever wondered what a city inside a city feels like? Then look no further than Alfama. Here, one will be able to catch a glimpse of alleys, narrow streets and small houses that lead out to the city’s most cherished monument; an 11th century Moorish-style castle that contains a palace, museum and a restaurant. Lovers of art will simply be seduced by the place as the city houses the Museum of St. Anthony where a prized collection of paintings, sculptures and religious objects is on show.

Further, worthy of mention is the Lisbon Cathedral or the Se de Lisboa; built in 1147 in the Romanesque style, the edifice has been subject to a number of renovations though it still retains baroque and gothic elements. From here it is best to make one’s way to Ajuda and to the Jardim Botanico da Ajuda; the country’s 1st botanical gardens that saw the light of day during the latter part of the 18th century. The best time to call by these gardens is during spring or summer as this is when most of the plants are known to bloom. The Queluz National Palace with its pleasing gardens gives one a feel of what a Portuguese court looked like during the 18th and 19th centuries. Having served as the residence of the Royal Family until 1807, the Palace is one of the best examples of architecture and landscape in Lisboa. Things to do such as visiting the National Palace and the Museum of St. Anthony are amongst the countless experiences that Lisbon has to offer, thus making it a truly enjoyable adventure to be a part of for travellers from across the globe.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.