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“Take a mini-picnic and enjoy the best views of Lisbon from the roof” 5 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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Ranked #27 of 183 Attractions in Lisbon
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Madrid, Spain
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“Take a mini-picnic and enjoy the best views of Lisbon from the roof”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Like most churches in Lisbon it looks impressive from the outside. It looks majestic from other parts of the city and the inside is peaceful. But, what you really want to do is to go up to the roof.
Closer to the sky, closer to God, right?

For that you need to go the little ticket office/café to the side. For €5, you can see what lies behind. On this, my fifth trip to the Church I discovered the enormous underground cisterns which were filled with water.

But we were really going UP! Through floors of beautiful blue and white tiles. There are so many, it feels just like Tile Disneyland. They are spectacular. But, you will eventually get all tiled out. After walking up several staircases and walking up and down a few corridors, we get up to the roof. There are spectacular 360 degree views of Lisbon and you get a great "aerial view" of the National Pantheon which lies just below with the cobalt blue of the Tagus River just behind.

It's usually very quiet up there with few people at any time... so a sneaky picnic would be lovely. Even if it is a church. For me, these are the best views in Lisbon and I always take people here when I come to Lisbon.

Visited September 2013
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“wonderful garden, awesome church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

What a wonderful garden! one of the best places to stay and relax for a while, hearing the sound of the water and looking at the flowers and decorations! and the church is awesome, worth a visit!

Visited June 2013
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Watford, United Kingdom
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“Church and Monastery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Beautful Renaissance-style church. Also very worth visiting is the neighbouring monastery (atmospheric cloisters, tombs of the Portuguese kings, tiles depecting events in Portuguese history and - particularly impressive - La Fontaine's fables, impressive tower views); 4 Euros adult admission.

Visited April 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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“Visit the cistern + view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

If you are in the neighborhood and perhaps not too interested in the church nor the pantheon could be worthanyway to pay a visit to the cistern and water collect system build into the monastry. We were there on a rainy day, perfect to follow the water stream down from vaults, floors, drainpipes and yard into the XVI century cistern. Fascinating. 5E fee.

Visited March 2013
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stumbled upon this attraction and boy were we glad to have done so.

The entrance fee was just a few euros (4 or 5 pp, I think) and we could have spent longer than the 2 hours we did. Beautiful displays of bishops robes, ornaments and other church regalia are combined with excellent cloisters and other masonary feats. There's a long history of the Portugese royal family's association with many being buried here. Take the long climb to the roof top where you can lose at least half an hour gazing at the fantastic views of Lisbon and snapping photos that will impress! On a sunny day this is a superb experience. You can take the No.28 tram almost to the front door, or walk over in about 10-15 minutes if you're visiting the Sao Jorge Castle nearby. While we saw a number of ramps and facilities those who have trouble with stairs are going to miss out on the Lisbon views.

Visited December 2012
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