The history of the São Roque Museum and the hotel location
Located in the Bairro Alto neighbourhood, the São Roque Museum is filled with unique art treasures of great value. Also called the Sacred Art Museum of São Roque, it is adorned with sacerdotal décors which glisten with a thousand golden sparkles. It's in the São Roque or Saint-Roch monastery that its museum, filled with colourful treasures, displays the beauty of early 18th century designs.
The history of the São Roque Museum
Built in the 16th century, the São Roque Museum is a simple structure seen from the outside but rich in historical buildings and monuments. Built against and forming part of the magnificent São Roque Church, it served as the Jesuits' residency around the middle of the 17th century. The museum itself is organised around four main themes closely related to Portugal's artistic and religious evolution. Amongst them, one is dedicated to the wealth of Lisbon's Santa Casa de Misericordia and another to Saint John the Baptist's treasure. The latter was built in Rome, later disassembled and brought to Lisbon by sea. Once in São Roque, it was reassembled to become one of the eight lateral chapels, the most beautiful and precious of all. A third vault is devoted to art pertaining to the Chapel and to São Roque's history. The fourth was dedicated to a collection belonging to the Jesuits, also known as the companions of Jesus. On the whole, the rooms contain paintings recounting the legend of São Roque and portraits of 17th century monarchs.
The 9 Hotel Mercy is ideally located near the São Roque Museum
In the midst of Lisbon's various symbolic locations, the São Roque Museum displays its uniqueness through its apparent austerity. If looking to discover what could be called Ali Baba's cave in Lisbon, look no further than a visit to the São Roque Museum. As the 9 Hotel Mercy, a design hotel in Bairro Alto, is located near this museum, you will be captivated by the numerous gold and silver smithery pieces designed by Italian and Portuguese artists. Without even thinking of taking the tram, just a few steps through the streets of Largo Trindade Coelho will lead you to discover its beautiful structures. When visiting the São Roque Museum, the church's entrance is free, and even if it happens to be closed, the museum will open its doors! Lisbon's 9 Hotel Mercy in the Bairro Alto, with its modern architecture which perfectly embraces its surroundings, blends perfectly into the neighbourhood and guarantees a unique change of scenery. Throughout your stay, local and typically Portuguese dishes are on offer in the neighbourhood. The numerous Fado houses and statues of legendary artists present in the Bairro Alto neighbourhood will make your stay that much more memorable.
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