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Address: Praca do Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
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+351 213 620 034
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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This is a beautiful Monastery and a must see if you have never been. I recommend arriving early as the tour groups form long lines. You will want to walk around cloister take many... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful Monastery and a must see if you have never been. I recommend arriving early as the tour groups form long lines. You will want to walk around cloister take many photos, however the inside of the church is also stunning. We do not think it is necessary to get into the second line for the church... More 

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Bierges, Belgium
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True masterpiece . and the best timeline of world history I have ever encountered (part of the exhibition to celebrate 500 years of the monastery) ... Despite a long queue of 50 minutes to buy tickets, it did not feel crowded inside. No way to buy tickets on line. No free leaflets in any language. ...

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Beautiful buildings, but the exhibitions were not that great. It was a bit of a hike to get there and lines were enormous. All in all it was not worth it given that we only had a couple of days in Lisbon.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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Unless you are very into ecclesiastical architecture I would give this a miss. Two cloisters and a few side rooms isn't a lot for €10 and it was fairly crowded even in April

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting building both inside and out with a nice park just in front of it to sit and watch the ducks in the shade

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is in all tour guides and it looks spectacular from outside so, after seeing the chapel (entrance on the right) which is free you decide to wait in line to seek admission (a very long cue even for Lisbon city pass card holders). Once inside, the frustration ends. The building it is just beautiful and the exhibition which puts... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This monument was definitely worth the lines. We bought a combo pass at the tower of Belem and were largely able to skip the queue. The stone work in the cloisters were spectacular. Although busy we were able t see everything we wanted as long as we were patient. History and religious buffs should not miss this

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Rijeka, Croatia
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The most prominent achievement of the Manueline architecture was built in the 16th century after Manuel I made a vow that he would build a monastery should Vasco da Gama return successfully from the trip to India. He did, with a cargo of pepper which was enough to pay for his voyage sixty times over. This monument is the highlight... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick tip - if the line at the East end is huge, just go underneath the middle flags and buy a ticket there and walk right in. You can get into the church without the ticket, but the monastery itself is just too amazing to be missed!

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Impressive mix architetture (arabic/gotic/roman) outside and the St. Peter port with all apostles. Inside surprising all columns till the end of navate without basement for the Chapel above the Altar.

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