Church of São Domingos Convent, Elvas

Discover the Igreja de São Domingos Church in Elvas, Alentejo, Portugal.

Church of São Domingos Convent, Elvas
Church of São Domingos Convent, Elvas
© Celestino Manuel

The São Domingos Convent was established in 1267 and built during the last third of the 13th century in the same place where once stood the Ermita de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires Hermit, in Elvas, Alentejo.

This building underwent several modifications in the 15th century and later. Its façade was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 17th century, and the side chapels were made of marble.


Church of São Domingos Convent, Elvas, Alentejo
Church of São Domingos Convent, Elvas, Alentejo
© Celestino Manuel

During the Restoration wars, the walls that had been projected to be built clased with part of the convent, having the hospice to be demolished. Already in 1834, after the extinction of monastic orders, the convent was turned into a military station.

The current building features a baroque portico crowned by the coat of arms of the Dominicans. In the interior, the tile panels in the walls stand out, since they retell the story of São Domingos. Also note the Sala do Capítulo, of great Baroque lavishness.

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