Igreja da Madalena (Magdalena Church)

Lisbon, Portugal

The original church was erected in 1150 over a roman temple build in honor of the goddess Cybele, the mother-God. Three times destroyed, three times has been rebuilt.

In 1363, a fire completely destroyed the church. In 1600 it was partially destroyed in a cyclone before succumbing to the earthquake in 1755. Queen Maria I of Portugal, in 1783 ordered to rebuild the church again.

The Vestibule of this church, in manueline style is considered one of the workmanships of its time.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Portugal

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Hoàng-Ân Lê (7 months ago)
I came by during the World Youth Day and the church is breathtaking. The high altar is gorgeous and the 2 side altars depicting the Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion are perfect places for praying and contemplating Jesus' hardship and Love for us.
Nick Sharma (9 months ago)
Beautiful well preserved church have too much to offer in terms of historical events and artefacts
Bibin Chacko (12 months ago)
Churches are often considered some of the most beautiful and inspiring architectural structures in the world. They serve as places of worship, meditation, and contemplation, and are often imbued with a sense of spiritual significance and historical importance. A good and peaceful place.
Maria Elisa Labazuy (12 months ago)
Beautiful place there are English mass.
DK1981 (2 years ago)
Beautiful old cathedral. Visited here 3 years ago and wanted to come see it again. It is worth paying the small admission fee so you can go upstairs and see the church treasures and walk out on the front balcony. Then you can walk around in the main church and see the side altars and tombs of long gone souls. Grgirian chants from the middle ages were quietly playing and I felt like I was going back in time.
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