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Carmo Convent, Lisbon

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See ruins of Carmo Convent, 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. Plan to visit Carmo Convent and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lisbon attractions using our Lisbon tour planner.
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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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  • We choose not to enter the museum but instead view for the exterior which is quite interesting in itself. Entrance fee is only 3.5 euros if you have the time to visit the museum.  more »
  • These Gothic ruins are amazing and fascinating. this is a small museum with many artefacts collected throughout the city in which this Gothic cathedral is the box to discover them. CARMO cathedral was...  more »
  • We visited these ruins on a weekday and although busy it was very peaceful. There are a large number of relics to see that survived the Lisbon earthquake and also some archaeologists working on other ...  more »
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  • Gorgeous place to visit. The exterior is like walking through a beautiful nightmare. The ruins are fascinating. The inside of the convent is also quite striking. My children were horrified by the two mummies, but enjoyed the visit. Definitely worth visiting!
  • There is something about ruins hat hits us hard in the gut. It's both a place of wonder and worship as well as a decaying beauty. This is one of the places that both reminds us of the past and history, as well as that nothing is forever. Even things set in stone don't always survive the test of time. Impressive.
  • It will open your eyes immediately after you walk to the back part of the group building. It is one of the best spots to feel Lisbon.
  • An essential landmark of Lisbon you don't want to miss. The surroundings are very pleasing, with a place to sit and a nice view. For many years it was in ruins but it got recovered.
  • It's beautiful! The entrance open to the elements and an ingesting display of found articles on site in the back if the church