Mother Church of Póvoa de Santo Adrião

Discover this 16th-century church, a bastion of sacred art in Lisbon, with particular mention for the paintings by Pedro Alexandrino in the high chapel.

If you want to visit the most important 16th-century churches while in Lisbon, don’t forget the small and impressive mother church of Póvoa de Santo Adrião. Hidden by the buildings that have since been erected but marking the historic centre of this town on the outskirts of Lisbon, its oldest foundation stone dates back to 1546. Though its exact date is unknown and records only exist from 1564 onwards, there is no doubt that it is a unique building. Its front portico and a Manueline-style stoup deserve a visit, as well as the paintings by Pedro Alexandrino in the high chapel and the gilded wooden altarpiece. Also discover the chapel of Santo António lined with 17th-century polychrome azulejo tiles at this bastion of sacred art in Lisbon.