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© Seminário de São Paulo de Almada
© Seminário de São Paulo de Almada
© Seminário de São Paulo de Almada

Main Seminary of São Paulo de Almada

  • Original Authors:
  • Ordem dos Pregadores
  • (1569)

  • Interventions:
  • Rodrigo Franco
  • (1761)

Overlooking the Tagus River, the Seminary occupies a former Dominican convent that dates back to the 1600s. The monastery’s large church, with a single nave with a barrel vault, was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. The church was restored between 1760 and 1770, preserving the original altarpiece in the chancel and two lateral altars. With its groin vault and totally decorated with Renaissance tiles, the vestry survived the earthquake. With the extinction of the religious orders in 1834, the monastery and the farm were sold at a public auction. In 1934, the Catholic Church regained possession of the property and the Patriarchate of Lisbon commenced the works for the installation of a school of theology. An impressive collection of tiles was transferred to the new building: the notable panels from the nave of the Lisbon Cathedral and the Brutesco ornamental compositions were applied in the study rooms and the library. Four other panels were placed in the exterior patio and inside the refectory room. These tile compositions are attributed to Gabriel del Barco, date from the early 17th century and display passages of the History of Tobias.

Rua D. Álvaro Abranches da Câmara, 1, Almada
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