Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

Dedicated to Saint Vincent of Saragossa, the patron saint of Lisbon, this 17th-century monastery is among the best examples of late Renaissance architecture in Portugal, characterized by strong Mannerist tendencies. It also houses the last resting place of the monarchs of the House of Braganza, the dynasty that ruled Portugal for over 250 years – their Pantheon is one of the most beautiful, serene and evocative spaces in all of Lisbon.

The monastery is located around two cloisters with stunning 'azulejo' (or tile-covered) walls depicting a variety of historical and other scenes. The sacristy is exuberantly decorated with polychrome marble and painting, while the church's main altarpiece was crafted by one of the finest Portuguese sculptors, Machado de Castro, in Baroque style.

Why You Should Visit:
Plenty of interesting things to see, including the 18th-century cloisters, the sacristy, the Pantheon of the House of Braganza, the tile-work of 'Les Fables de La Fontaine', as well as the Patriarch's Gallery; however, the crowning glory of the monastery is the climb to the terraces of the towers, which afford one of the most beautiful views over Alfama district and the Tagus.

Tip:
With your ticket, you will also receive a leaflet, which includes a map and a short history of the monastery. It is highly recommended that you follow the map, so you don't miss anything.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–6pm

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Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora on Map

Sight Name: Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Religious
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