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Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

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#14 of 34 in Historic Sites in Lisbon
Religious Site Historic Site
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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  • But a guide or an information booklet would really help this place out. Worth visiting if you're in the area though.  more »
  • A well-worth visit, this Church has sublime architecture and, with no service taking place, was an oasis of calm and tranquility  more »
  • Just a few minutes walk after visiting Castelo Sao Jorge, might as we since you are already there. Situated up the hill so do expect a steep walk but lovely view from the top.  more »
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  • Nice from the inside and great views from the top all around...
  • For 5 euros you'll get a lot of fun walking through different corridors, can go up the terrace and get stunning view of Sé Cathedral and Lisbon
  • A unknown gem of Lisbon that will guarantee you the best views of the city, even better than the view from the Castle. The monastery is fantastic, attractive and a whole Museum. Worth discovering it and visit it.
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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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