Igreja do Carmo
Type: Attractions, Historic Sites, Museums, Religious Sites, Sightseeing
A somewhat sombre experience awaits sightseers visiting the atmospheric ruins of the Carmo church. Indeed, this is one of the more poignant of Lisbon's historic sites. Built between 1389 and 1423,... Read More
A somewhat sombre experience awaits sightseers visiting the atmospheric ruins of the Carmo church. Indeed, this is one of the more poignant of Lisbon's historic sites. Built between 1389 and 1423, this was once the city's grandest church. But on the morning of All Saints' Day in 1755 a violent earthquake struck the city and the among the many buildings destroyed or badly damaged was this church, full at the time with worshippers. Most perished under tons of masonry. The surviving Gothic arches of the convent serve as a reminder of that fateful day. Inside, an engaging archaeological museum now occupies the main body of the church and houses a miscellany of sarcophagi, statuary and mosaics. Look out for the Roman tomb carved with reliefs depicting the Muses, and the splendid stone tomb of Ferdinand I. Among the more bizarre pieces is a pair of ancient South American mummies displayed in a glass case.
Largo do Carmo
Lisbon, 1200 092
- Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Exhibits Donations Requested; Ticket Concessions Available
- Sightseeing: "For a wonderful perspective of the church exterior, make your way to the observation platform at the top of the nearby Elevador de Santa Justa."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Indelibly etched in the psyche of Lisbon residents, the magnificent ruins of Carmo stand as testimony to the forces of Nature.