Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

4.5
Set on the site of a former monastery, Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora serves as the final resting place for much of Portugal's royal line. Stop by the church to find the tombs and graves of many members of the house of Braganca, who ruled Portugal from 1640 until 1910, including Amelia, the final deposed queen of the country. Wandering the naves and halls of the ornate building, keep an eye out for the vaulted ceilings, blue-tile depictions of historical events, medieval statues, and even some artwork from former Portuguese Goa. Note that the construction of the 16th-century building draws upon an Italian Renaissance style, featuring twin bell towers and an ornate facade. Be sure to make your way up to the rooftop, where you'll be treated to views of the Tagus River and surrounding neighborhoods. Put Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lisbon trip planner.
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  • This large, ornate, barrel-roof church is an excellent example of a Portugese cathedral. In fact, it is free to visit, and not that different from the main Lisbon cathedral, which costs 4 Euros to...  more »
  • If you want to see excellent examples of Portuguese tiles, in addition to the Tile Museum. This is the place to come. The monastery houses a museum containing the largest collection of Baroque...  more »
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  • We paid to go visit the cloisters. We were told we could take photos inside though in some rooms it was prohibited. They should have told us that upfront. Photos allowed in most places. Be sure to climb up to the towers and roof. Free to go inside the main sanctuary.
  • You could explore this place for hours. Fascinating cultural experience and absolutely stunning architecture. The historical exhibits are educational and the opportunities to see such a historic collection of artifacts and art is only rivaled in museums. Highly recommend a visit if in the area.

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