Here is one spot I can almost bet few of you know, even the Lisboetas that know the city inside out. It looks like nothing from the outside, but you will be surprised once you go through the door on the number 123 of Rua do Século, just a few steps off Principe Real. I certainly was.
Although I am not a huge fan of churches and chapels in general, I confess this one caught my eye. It’s an impressive 17th century baroque building with a rich and ornamented interior mixing painting, marble and tiles that contrasts with the plain and sober exterior. And it survived the 1755 earthquake almost intact, making it a unique example of this kind of architecture, so it’s worth a visit! I found the cloister and the patio absolutely charming.
I was also surprised to know that the Dominican Sisters still live in this convent today (I don’t how if you can find others like these in Lisbon nowadays). The maintenance of this place depends in part on the guided tours offered by the Sisters and the products they sell in the shop. And you cannot leave without buying some exquisite delights like marmalade, jam, sauces and seasonings made by the sisters themselves out of fresh products from their garden.