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“La Fontaine’s fables in tiles” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora

Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora
Largo de Sao Vicente, Lisbon, Portugal
21/887-64-70
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“La Fontaine’s fables in tiles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora is a tremendous white building with three arches and statues decorating the façade. The inside impresses with more statues, a great altarpiece, sunlit cloisters and galleries with tiled walls. You see tiles everywhere, very beautiful. On one of the upper floors there are tiled panels relating La Fontaine’s fables, where pictures are accompanied with verbalized stories. You can climb to the roof to have a picture of the monastery from a different angle, and to enjoy breathtaking views of the city and Tejo river. Don’t miss fantastic banisters (see the pictures).

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora is easy to reach with the tram 28 and definitely worth a visit. The monastery is very interesting to see and this is also the place where the organs of the old Royal Family of Portugal are buried. You can climb up the church towers for a very nice view over Lisbon. You can not visit the monastery for free, however it was worth the few euros we have spend on it.

Visited September 2012
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“Impressive Church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Sao Vicente is very clean and very white. Sao Vicente de Fora Monastery was built in 1582. It was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. In 1855 it became the pantheon of the Braganza dynasty. It holds the bodies of all the kings from 1640 to 1910.

Visited September 2012
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“A favorite spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We visited this church on our last day in Lisbon. It was one of our favorite visits. The church itself is beautiful, but be sure to go to the cloisters next door. We loved the fables on the blue tiles. I could have spent hours reading them. The view from the top is amazing. I am surprised this isn't higher on the lists of "must do's" in Lisbon! We took the 28 trolley from there, but it is easily walkable! After 2 days in Lisbon, the hills aren't that challenging...

Visited September 2012
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“A real treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

This former monastery is a joy. The cloisters provided a treasure trove of blue story-telling tiles and the treasury contained some beautiful objects. The views from the tower were splendid and the blue panels depicting the fables of La Fontaine were unique. This is a must-see site.

Visited September 2012
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