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A historic maritime city, welcoming modern explorers

Europe’s westernmost capital is probably also its most stunningly situated, on hilly ground in a bend of the River Tagus where it broadens out into a giant bay. Writers rave about Lisbon’s unique light; modern tourists also warm to the mild climate and relaxed feel of its summer nights, when the bars' patrons spill out onto cobbled streets. Centuries of maritime exploration have also left a rich artistic heritage.

Convento do Carmo

Convento do Carmo

A convent for the Carmelite Order

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A convent for the Carmelite Order Editors' Note

The Gothic lines of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel went up on the orders of Nun'Álvares Pereira, who helped Dom João I consolidate the rule of Portugal’s second dynasty, the House of Avis.

Pereira, known as the Condestável, or Constable, founded the church and convent to fulfill a pledge made before a battle, and was adamant in his choice of location – despite the nearby precipice and various false starts after foundations caved in.

During the 1755 earthquake the roof fell in on a crowd of All Saints' Day worshipers, leaving the structure near collapse with only the walls and some vault ribbing still standing.

Said by many to be the most beautiful church in Lisbon, it has been left roofless ever since, and now a grassy lawn carpets what was once the central nave. The Archaeological Museum, a ragbag of finds from around Europe, is in the back end of the church.

Convento do Carmo
Largo do Carmo, Lisbon
+351 213 460 473
10am-5pm Mon-Sat.