Carmo Archaeological Museum, Lisbon

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See ruins of Carmo Archaeological Museum, Lisbon's only church built almost entirely in Gothic style, which was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Today the site serves as an archaeological museum. Completed in 1423, the church was said to be the most lavish and imposing in the city at the time. Today you can tour the interior to see its remains and visit exhibits of various artifacts, architectural adornments, and noteworthy excavated items. View tombs of notable persons, such as King Ferdinand I, and see statues, Spanish-Moorish tiles, findings from the Roman and Visigoth periods, and relics dating back to 3500 BCE. Make Carmo Archaeological Museum part of your personalized Lisbon itinerary using our Lisbon online visit planner.
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  • great place to visit.One of the places i liked the most in Lisbon.Very affordable price and interesting. Beautiful surrounding, somehow gives u very piece full feeling. if u will visit watch the... 
    great place to visit.One of the places i liked the most in Lisbon.Very affordable price and interesting. Beautiful surrounding, somehow gives u very piece full feeling. if u will visit watch the...  more »
  • If you enjoy gothic architecture and art, this is the place to go. While the convent was destroyed by a fire in the 1770s, they had done a great job in preserving the artifacts and facade of the... 
    If you enjoy gothic architecture and art, this is the place to go. While the convent was destroyed by a fire in the 1770s, they had done a great job in preserving the artifacts and facade of the...  more »
  • They've taken the ruins of an old church and turned it into a home for a very impressive collection of relics from all over Portugal. Very interesting and worth the line outside to visit. They also... 
    They've taken the ruins of an old church and turned it into a home for a very impressive collection of relics from all over Portugal. Very interesting and worth the line outside to visit. They also...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful church or should I say remains of what was a beautiful church. The roof was destroyed during the earthquake in the 1700s but the rest of the architecture is amazing. The museum inside with the archaeological findings is interesting too. It is right in the middle of all the other main areas so if you have the time, do check this out and you won't be disappointed.
  • It was a magnificent site and I was appalled to see this “church with no roof “ which is still so beautiful and grand. It’s amazing that even after about 260 years and 2 earth quakes and tsunami, these walls and arches are still standing on the ground. The museum is amazing as well and exhibits are very impressive. I believe this is one of must see site in Lisbon. Strongly recommended.
  • Had a interesting visit learning and discovering history. We went for the Lisbon under stars light show and it was great. Little bit too crowded and could have had a bit more details. Ruins itself is pretty simple and fast to observe, but overall a good visit.
  • Beautiful and haunting. Small museum inside with a 3D/virtual history show/video of the convent. I would recommend pairing this with a trip to the Lisboa Story Center to get a better understanding of the convent's destruction. Also, there's a cat on the premises who lives there and they sell souvenirs with its picture. You get a 20% discount on entry with the Lisboa Card.
  • This is a small, but interesting museum. Due to the fact that its located in a ruined medieval convent it feels somehow more authentic. Fairly cheap price of admission, but there is not so much to see that you'd wanna be there for more than an hour, tops. Still, charming and vaguely impressive.

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