Carmo Convent in your Lisbon tour
The ruined Carmo Convent is one of the most beautiful sights in Lisbon. Its landscape over the city will just take your breath away.
Located right in the heart of the city, in Chiado district, it stands as a reminder of the devastating 1755 earthquake that destroyed most of the city.
This roofless convent still has the splendour of what the church and convent used to be. The Carmo Convent was built between 1389 and 1423, by the famous Portuguese knight D. Nuno Álvares Pereira.
Until the earthquake the Convent and Church represented the height of all Gothic religious complexes in Lisbon, after that, it lost its functionality.
Now an archaeological museum is housed in the old altar and has an eclectic collection of treasures that also include South American mummies.
Also, the Largo do Carmo is one of Lisbon’s charismatic squares, surrounded by baroque houses and where you can a monumental fountain, part of the Convent’s complex. This square is a popular location for locals, to have a relaxed open-air meal.
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