The façade reflects the architectural styles of the late 18th century
Known both as Igreja de Jesus and Igreja das Mercês, this church is mostly a reconstruction of another that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755.
A vaulted ceiling in the church is a masterpiece of tile art
Its interior is not dripping with gold like Igreja de Santa Catarina and Igreja de São Roque nearby, but it hides a masterpiece of tile art in Portugal. It’s a little-known vaulted ceiling, hidden in a hall that’s not always open to the public. It dates from 1714, and the baroque-style illustrations by António de Oliveira Bernardes (one of the masters of tile art) evoke the Litanies of the Virgin Mary.
The tiled hall of the church
The rest of the church's interior mixes the baroque, rococo and mannerist styles. The ceiling has stucco decorations, while the side chapels are made up of gilded wood and 17th-century and 18th-century paintings depicting several saints.
The interior of the church
This was where the Marquis of Pombal, who was responsible for the reconstruction of downtown Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, was baptized and where he was buried until his tomb was transferred to a church in the neighborhood of Ajuda.
One of the church's baroque chapels
The church was part of a convent from 1633, part of which is now a geological museum. Across the building is one of Lisbon’s most picturesque streets, Rua do Vale, which perfectly frames the church’s façade.
The church's painted ceiling
How to Get to Igreja de Jesus
Largo de Jesus, São Bento
Admission and Tickets to Igreja de Jesus
Admission is free.
It only opens on Sundays (for Mass at noon and 6:30pm).
The Júlio Pomar Museu, which houses many of the works of one of Portugal’s greatest 20th-century artists is down the street from the church, while behind it is the fascinating but little known Geological Museum. Around the corner is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful churches, Igreja de Santa Catarina.