Memória Church
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Memorial Church (Igreja da Memória)

Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural splendour of Ajuda's Memorial Church uphill from Belém in Lisbon. This magnificent church, located in the historic Ajuda neighbourhood, boasts stunning Baroque and Neoclassical design elements reminiscent of the Estrela Basilica that will captivate visitors. Originally built in the 18th century, the Memorial Church stands as a testament to Portugal's royal heritage and religious devotion. The church is the final resting place of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, the first Marquês de Pombal who effectively ran the country during Dom José's reign.

Explore its intricately decorated interior, adorned with ornate altarpieces, intricate tilework, and majestic marble columns. Take a stroll through the tranquil gardens surrounding the church, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city streets. With its rich cultural significance and breathtaking beauty, the Memorial Church in Ajuda is a must-visit destination for tourists exploring Lisbon.


Igreja da Memória

Igreja da Memória – East façade

Following the devastating earthquake on the 1st of November 1755, which destroyed the royal palace, the traumatised Dom José took up residence in a tent complex in Ajuda, away from the city centre and riverfront. Ajuda became the centre of the royal court and political and social life. On the evening of the 3rd of September, 1758, José I was riding in an unmarked carriage on the outskirts of Lisbon. The king was returning to the royal encampment after an evening with his mistress. En route two or three men intercepted the carriage and fired on its occupants. José I was shot in the arm and his driver was badly wounded, but both survived and returned to Ajuda. The location of the memorial church marks the exact spot where the failed attempt on the king’s life took place.

The church has a vivid white marble exterior with several attractive neoclassical features, including a large, white dome. The interior is somewhat austere with a mix of white marble, decorated with sculptures and gold guiding. A tomb inside the church is the last resting place of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as the first Marquês de Pombal. The church is away from the major monuments of Belém however if you're walking to the Ajuda palace the Igreja da Memória is well worth a small detour.
Monday – Saturday: 14h00 – 19h00, Sunday: 08h00 – 12h00

Getting to the Memorial Church


Contact Details
18 Calçada da Memória, 1300-399 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 10.5" N | 09° 12' 08.1" W | +351 213 614 660 |  Website

Yellow Bus Tour
Igreja da Memória – Interior

Igreja da Memória – Interior