Capela das Almas
Capela das Almas
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  • Marc K
    Munich, Germany586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but beautiful
    Well Porto is really covered with churches, so it wasn’t a surprise to see this beautiful small church next to the shopping street. The beautiful impression from the outside is reflected from the inside too. Just take your time and go inside and enjoy the peaceful moment.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Michael F
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania850 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth at least a fly-by…
    No lines, no wait, and no tickets required. The hardest part of checking out the Chapel of Souls is getting up the hill(s) to see it. Try to come on a clear day as the best part is the outside of this tile lined church. You can quickly take a self-guided tour of the interior as well (again, no ticket required). Unique enough that I'd say its worth at least a fly-by!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A spectacular facade!
    The Capela das Almas is a small church in the heart of Porto. The facade is spectacular, featuring a religious mural with blue tones. It's one of the typical views of Porto, and it's worth passing by to enjoy it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty.
    I wrote a review for this but deleted it and updating my review as I managed to go inside. Everyone just takes photographs outside. Yes the tiles are really pretty and it is lovely. Go near and you can really see the detail. I went twice. Suggest going early morning when it is quieter. Inside is lovely. Very intimate and like stepping back in time. They seem to open in the morning till 12:30 and then again in the evening on Saturday and Sunday but all day during the week. Having said this, check before you go. Located in a busy area so mind the traffic if you are standing back and taking photographs from the opposite side of the road.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Instagrammers' favorite!
    The area around the church is usually clogged with young people jostling to get their Instagram photos. The church is undeniably beautiful, covered with striking blue tiles. Don't overlook making a peak inside as the interior is also beautiful.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning design
    The church stands at busy corner of the street surrounded by shops and restaurants. Lots of people just stop there to take photos. Better go there early to avoid crowds to see this beautiful design. The church is decorated with traditional tiles and it is very beautiful and unique. It is very good photo spot. The inside is bit dark and locals are praying. Not advisable to walk around much to avoid disturbance to prayerd.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 May 2024
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Himesh
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Built back in the 18th century was restored and extended in 1801. In the 19 century the intricate blue design tiles were then laid on the outside walls. Inside, the altars are Neoclassical style and the have an 18th century image of Our Lady of Souls. Incredible architecture.
Written 7 May 2020
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
One of the finest churches in Porto, also called St. Catherine Chapel, built in the 18th century. The building itself is rather neoclassical but what stands out is clearly the 16,000 azulejo tiles that show scenes from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine. Truly amazing! Next to the chapel is a nice two floor bell tower. The interior is also very beautiful with stained glass windows and a nice altarpiece. Unlike large churches, you get a more intimate feeling of presence when you visit this chapel.
Written 4 March 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The chapel was closed, so they didn't get inside, but they weren't too upset... The life of Francis of Assisi on the Azuleju tiles is beautiful visible from the outside since 1929. The artist Eduardo Leita needed 15,947 tiles, covering about 360 square meters, to depict the vicissitudes of the life of the founder of the Franciscan order. The tiles themselves were made by the Fábrica de Cerâmica Viúva Lamego factory in Lisbon. Great job! I have not seen such a colorful biography of a medieval saint, even in his homeland in Assisi, Italy.
Written 24 January 2021
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Tanya T.
Illinois1,616 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I read that the tiles are originally from Egypt and brought to Portugal by the Arabs, in the 13th century at the time of their invasion, which also helped shaped Portugal's culture. It's still a marvel to see these on various facades and interior walls around the city. I didn't go inside the church (I'm sure they get enough lookers). Sometimes the interior is just as amazing as the exterior.
Written 16 December 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I wrote a review for this but deleted it and updating my review as I managed to go inside. Everyone just takes photographs outside. Yes the tiles are really pretty and it is lovely. Go near and you can really see the detail. I went twice. Suggest going early morning when it is quieter. Inside is lovely. Very intimate and like stepping back in time. They seem to open in the morning till 12:30 and then again in the evening on Saturday and Sunday but all day during the week. Having said this, check before you go. Located in a busy area so mind the traffic if you are standing back and taking photographs from the opposite side of the road.
Written 6 May 2024
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Κωνσταντίνος Δ
Athens, Greece4,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Capela das Almas or Chapel of Souls (Chapel of Santa Catherina) is a very beautiful neoclassical church of 18th century in Lisbon with tiled walls (16.000 azulejo blue and white tiles) depicting religious scenes from the lives of Saint Catherine and Saint Francis of Assisi. There is also a nice 2-storey bell tower to admire. The interior is also very beautiful and over the main altar there is a large painting devoted to “the Ascension of the Lord”. This is one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon and certainly it is worth visited.
Written 7 January 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Azulejos - world known Portugal's blue and white tiles decorate many Churches, squares, metro stations,...you name it.
Here, at the Chapel of Souls, they're at their best - the entire front and side facades are covered with them framed by old stone work, depicting Biblical scenes and local saints. It's a feast for eyes and your camera - a must visit Church.
The interiors are also nice, yet not that decorated like we saw in many others. Here, the main star is the outstanding exterior.
Written 5 August 2022
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Michael F
Philadelphia, PA850 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
No lines, no wait, and no tickets required. The hardest part of checking out the Chapel of Souls is getting up the hill(s) to see it. Try to come on a clear day as the best part is the outside of this tile lined church. You can quickly take a self-guided tour of the interior as well (again, no ticket required). Unique enough that I'd say its worth at least a fly-by!
Written 27 September 2023
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GB M
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Happened across this place as we were walking down Rua de Santa Catarina (the Porto version of Santa Monica's 3rd street promende). The outside is stunning, as you can see. We were lucky to be in there on a Thursday morning service of some kind, so I'll share these photos.
Written 22 June 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Capela das Almas is a small church in the heart of Porto. The facade is spectacular, featuring a religious mural with blue tones. It's one of the typical views of Porto, and it's worth passing by to enjoy it.
Written 28 January 2024
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