São João de Deus Convent, Elvas

Learn more about the history of São João de Deus Convent, now a hotel, in Elvas, Portugal.

São João de Deus Convent, Elvas
São João de Deus Convent
© Câmara Municipal de Elvas

The São João de Deus Convent was built in the city of Elvas in 1645, to be a Military Hospital, following king D. João IV’s command of building military hospitals in all important military spots in the country.

This was the first built under said orders. Despite having been extended in 1653, it always was too small for the amount of patients treated.


In 1659, the year of the Batalha das Linhas de Elvas battle, it featured only then monks who nursed as many as many as 350 patients. The military hospital was working until 1976, when it was abandoned. It would be restored in 2004, to become São João de Deus Hotel.

The church of the convent was built next to one of the towers of the Fernandine walls. The rest of the temple is simple and is closed.

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Largo João de Deus, 1, Elvas.

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