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S. Miguel Chapel

Its architectural structure is Manueline, a decorative style
mainly visible in the huge windows of the aisle

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S. Miguel Chapel

Replaced a small private chapel of the Palace,
probably dated from the 12th century

The building that exists today is the result of works directed by Marcos Pires and finished by Diogo de Castilho. The Chapel underwent small renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The royal chapel dedicated to St. Michael was also the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Professors and Students under the invocation of Our Lady of Light Its architectural structure is Manueline, a decorative style mainly visible in the huge windows of the aisle and transept.

When the University acquired the Palace it also acquired the Chapel, maintaining its royal privilege.

The tile flooring of the main chapel dates from 1613, and the aisle is covered with "carpet" like tiles that were manufactured in Lisbon. The painting of the ceiling was made by Francisco F. de Araújo by the end of the 17th century.

Later it was renovated and the coat of arms was modernized.

The pulpit was used by Father António Vieira, in 1663, to deliver the sermon dedicated to St. Catherine, whose altar dates  from the 18th century. On the left side stands the altar dedicated to Our Lady of Light, patroness of all students. The Chapel is consecrated, the mass is celebrated every Sunday and weddings for the university community.

The baroque organ is decorated with Chinese motifs similar to those present in the Baroque Library shelves.

This organ dates from 1737 and has about 2,000 pipes. Its acquisition was sponsored by King John V. The organ is still operational.

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