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Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon
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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. Using our world travel planner, Lisbon attractions like Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Church beautiful both on the outside. The weekends have a fair right after the Church, called flea fair where it can sell antiques and souvenirs. Only I was driving around for her, but I liked what I saw
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  • We felt it was an important Church, not great. Large and harmonious architecture. One thing that for us it is important to highlight and which repays the time spent visiting is the stations of the cross around the perimeter of the Church. Silver embossed panels are of fine workmanship and you leave, don't look, admire. Manuela and Alessandro Gori
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  • A nice tour, a lot of tiles to see (with a collection on the fables of La Fontaine which includes fables among the least known) and a magnificent on Lisbon since you roof.
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  • So much more beautiful than the monastery! This was a much better experience too - no lines and way less people. Also, it cost a lot less (5€ for adults, 2.50€ for students). The grounds are very lovely and most of the original blue and white tile work had been very well preserved.
  • Worth every penny. One of the more impressive things we did so far. Lots of intact blue tile walls combinded with a panoramic view of the city.
  • A huge building with many exhibitions. Amazing views across the city and towards the Port from the very top of the tower. Many courtyards and amazing blue tiles around the courtyards and up the staircases.
  • Excellent examples of Portuguese blue tiles. Lots of rooms to explore. The climb to the roof is worth the effort for the panoramic views across Lisbon.
  • I highly recommend the visit. You can go inside the court, see a lot of azulejos and beautiful architecture. Loved it.