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Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora

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Address: Largo de Sao Vicente, Lisbon, Portugal
Phone Number: 21/887-64-70
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Built in the 12th century, the church was built adjacent to a monastery, both now part of the National Pantheon, with the church hosting the remains of former kings and other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Built in the 12th century, the church was built adjacent to a monastery, both now part of the National Pantheon, with the church hosting the remains of former kings and other national figures of Portugal. The monastery has been turned into a very informative museum which allows access to the beautiful architecture and a great many treasures of national importance.... More 

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Vicenza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The church itself is a really nice Mannerist building, the interior however is quite unadorned apart from a nice Baroque Altar and a really nice 18th century pipe organ. The monastery (price is 5euro) has beautiful azulejos scattered all over, has a cistern that used to keep the water for the complex, a beautifully decorated sacristy made with different marbles,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a tuk-tuk from the castle to Sao Vicente's and this in itself was a wonderful experience. I found the church light and bright but the real gem is the blue-tiled cloisters which feature over 30 of La Fontaine's fables. For the small sum of 5 euros I spent 2 pleasant hours and took some wonderful photos. It is only... More 

Thank 88Stef
Central Portugal, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Church , called Sao Vincente de Fora ( Lisbon Cardinals Church ) and attached to the same named Monestery is free to visit and only " the Monestery " needs a " cheap " ticket . Is it one of Lissbons most Impressiv Churches ? Well , i dont agree . Intresting and the main alter for sure with... More 

1 Thank carlos3005emlisboa
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Afonso Henriques way to appreciate his fallen comrades resulted in creation of that church (several buildings on that location since the first church). Braganza family resting place.Just off tram 28 stop.

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

After Lisbon rush and noise, climb up to the bell tower and take a breath! You will find it relaxing and worth a visit. It's quiet and there is a great view above Alfama rooftops, Pantheon and the river. Visited twice and still recommended. Take a walk in Alfama spiral streets, maybe also visit Feira da Ladra second hand market... More 

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is not one of the churches on the great list of things to see, but I think it is worth the time to stop if you are in this part of town. It is quiet and huge. It's free to get in. I just can't see how any churches in the United States compare. These churches are huge and... More 

Thank Busy Marie
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

In this church you cann see the tombs of the kings of the last portuguese disnaty. It woths a visit for those who love history. Don´t forget to go up to the roof!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Amazing place. Where do I begin... On the roof. Amazing views and the bell towers. The biggest collection of blue tiles I have seen in Portugal. Think Aesop fables transcribed by La Fontaine on blue tiled panels .....fantastic. The Royal Pantheon, a room full of Royal tombs. All this for five euros!

1 Thank AlgarveMon
South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This is such and impressive place. Underneath is a waterfilled basement. Inside are buried the bodies of most of the Catholic leaders of Lisbon dating back to the 1600s. The ceramic tile collection is very impressive as is the religious artifacts used by the church, many made with silver, gold and gems. You can see the wealth of Portugal in... More 

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Graca & Sao Vicente
You can be thankful that most common travel guides don't mention Graça and São Vicente that often. Part of Lisbon's historic center and "Old Town", they feel like independent villages in the capital's center, and more untouched than Alfama. Amazing views, restaurants and parks, as well as important monuments like the S. Vicente Church and the National Pantheon, make this a spectacular option for those looking for a more tranquil walk-around in the center of Lisbon. Graça has been the choice of many younger people over the past years, both nationals and expats, given the cozy feeling of the neighborhood and its hidden secrets.