Tour Locations | The Soul of Alfama

  • LOCATION 14 | The Soul of Alfama

    St. Estevão - Viewpoint 2

    Stop here to admire the views over the terracota roofs and the river, while I tell about the church.

    It's named after Saint Estevão and was built in 1733, over the foundations of a 12th-century temple. The interior is a fine example of Portuguese Baroque.

    Unlike many other churches of the time, including some on this tour, it's not completely covered in gilt. Instead it features a main altar in stone and a series of sculptures.

    It stands out in the Alfama skyline, together with the National Pantheon and the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. The 1755 earthquake damaged part of its exterior, leaving just one of the two original towers.

    On the terrace to your left, you'll find a cross. To your right is the church of St. Michael towers, which we'll be walking past a little later.

    When you're ready to move on, continue to your left, where you'll find steps leading down. Make your way down them.

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