Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

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This church results from the rebuilding, after the 1755 earthquake, of the former Church of Our Lady of Mercy, the first headquarter of the Misericórdia in the country. Its façade is one of the best Manueline style masterpiece structures in Lisbon, together with the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. Inside, you must see the chancel, which used to be the former side chapel of the Holy Spirit, built in 1594. The church hosts the sixteenth century statue of Our Lady of Restelo, before whom the Portuguese sailors, such as Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral, prayed before departing for the sea discoveries.

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