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Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora

Largo Sao Vicente, Lisbon 1100-572, Portugal
+351 21 888 5652
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The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (St. Vincent Outside the Walls) is one of the most important historical buildings in the city of Lisbon. It was founded by the first Portuguese king, in the 12th century. Over the centuries, several kings have introduced many changes, including the rebuilding in the 16th century. Today it is still possible to see the original cistern, as well as the cloisters, decorated with tiles from the 18th century, being of special interest the collection that depicts the fables of LaFontaine. The Monastery also houses the Pantheon of the last Portuguese dynasty, the Braganza, and a very well decorated Sacristy. At the end of the visit you can go up to the rooftop of the church and enjoy one of the best views over the Tagus river and the city.
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Largo Sao Vicente, Lisbon 1100-572, Portugal
Graça & São Vicente
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting place showing some of the catholic church's history in Lisbon. Lots of religious artefacts. Most interesting to be were the tombs of Portugal's Kings and Queens, and bishops/patriarchs. Make sure you walk the stairs to the roof - some good view from up...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Spent some time here on the tour. Was not crowded and lovely tile work. The view from the top was excellent . it was large and could look in all 4 directions. Discovered that St. Anthony of Padua is from Portugal and this monastery.

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

We did not plan to visit this Monastery but are very glad we did. We reached this place to visit the church next door, which wasn’t so special and only by chance did we decide to walk through the gate to the right of the...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

A very old monastery, made by white stone, placed at walking distance from National Pantheon. It has a beautiful roof terrace, a real vantage point, offering you very nice views of the Lisbon. For a 5 euro fee(it's not included in Lisbon Card) you can...More

Thank zuv
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

I had some time before i went to the airport so decided to see what all the fuss was about. For 5 euros you can wonder around this beautiful monastery. I was lucky enough that it was a clear day as the views from the...More

1  Thank Chelen-B-S
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

If you are interested in the Portuguese art of azueleros this a great place to visit, otherwise you can just skip this monument.

Thank Constantinos2014
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

A little off the tourist trail, judging by how quiet it was, although its right on the tram circuit & just a (steep, narrow & twisting) 10 min walk from the castle. Really interesting to visit, & the €5 entry ticket also includes going onto...More

1  Thank DarylJG
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This former monastery is very convenient for visiting from the Cruise Ship terminal.....but beware the narrow cobbled streets leading up to it are very steep and when wet... hazardous, The interior of the monastery is famed for its wonderful display of tiles unequalled in Europe...More

1  Thank Barry S
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

As this place is a little off the main tourist beat it is thankfully not as busy as some of the other key Lisbon sites. It is actually better than most of the site so though. A beautiful monestary with amazing views from the roof....More

1  Thank Edward P
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

The monastery is to the right of the church and entered through a gateway. We were unsure whether it was worth entering, but once we had done so were bowled over by the quality of the museum and especially the wonderful azulejos in the courtyards,corridors...More

Thank AlanB13
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Amanda W
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Response from Jennifer L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it will be a climb. Recommend taking Tram 28 at the Praca do Comercio if you have the time (and it's not too crowded) - the 40 min loop will take you right by the Mosteiro.
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Response from carlos3005emlisboa | Reviewed this property |
The Monastery is closed on Mondays ( like the most museums ) . The opening days / hrs so far are : Tuesday-Sunday from 8am-6pm , last admitance at 5pm . The church is also closed on Mondays and sundays just open untill after... More
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