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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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  • we visited here on a cruise stop in the city. The church is one of many and is worth the climb up from the harbour as it is beautiful inside and sunday mass was just ending as we arrived. A number of ...  more »
  • Big church with santos in heavy black robes, style or purple. Despite this, very beautiful. Several altars. A for each image.
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  • Very beautiful place full of graves of Kings and Queens religious and historical Place. Near this church there's the flea market
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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.