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Igreja do Carmo
Type: Attractions, Historic Sites, Museums, Religious Sites, Sightseeing
The atmospheric ruins of the Carmo church and convent 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... Read More
The atmospheric ruins of the Carmo church and convent 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
- Best for Historic Sites Because: This is the oldest surviving church in the city and a tour of the ruins is quite moving considering its history.
- 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.