Santo Agostinho Convent, Leiria

Visit the Santo Agostinho Convent on the banks of the river Lis, in Leiria, Portugal.

Santo Agostinho Convent, Leiria
Santo Agostinho Convent
© Vitor Oliveira

The Santo Agostinho Convent is located on the banks of the river Lis, near the Paper Mill Museum, in the city of Leiria, Portugal.

It is an architectonic set formed by a church, a cloister, a convent, and an antique seminary.

It was built in 1579 under the rule of bishop D. Fray Gaspar do Casal, whose heraldry is exhibited on the top of the main gate. The works finished in the 17th century but, in the 18th, two big turrets and registers marked by double pilasters were added. The seminary was built by Bishop D.Pedro Vieira da Silva in 1671.

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t is here where the Bishop of Maranhão (from Brazil) lived during his exile, due to the religious persecutions that the Jesuits suffered under the anti-religious politics of the Marquis of Pombal. In 1834, after the extinction of religious orders, the convent was used as a headquarter. In 1944, the church was used again for its original purpose as part of the Diocese of Leiria.

The calcareous stone altarpiece of the major chapel is an Ernesto Korrodi work.

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Rua Tenente Valadim e Largo Infantaria, nº 7, Leiria.

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