Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora

Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora

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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (St. Vincent Outside the Walls) is one of the most important historical buildings in the city of Lisbon. It was founded by the first Portuguese king, in the 12th century. Over the centuries, several kings have introduced many changes, including the rebuilding in the 16th century. Today it is still possible to see the original cistern, as well as the cloisters, decorated with tiles from the 18th century, being of special interest the collection that depicts the fables of LaFontaine. The Monastery also houses the Pantheon of the last Portuguese dynasty, the Braganza, and a very well decorated Sacristy. At the end of the visit you can go up to the rooftop of the church and enjoy one of the best views over the Tagus river and the city.
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  • Santa Apolónia • 6 min walk
  • Martim Moniz • 9 min walk
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JRMADA
United States3,050 contributions
Nov 2022
The monastery is so rich in history, but you will not know it unless you take a guided tour. When you reach the monastery ask for the guided tour schedule for the day, and try to book one. The cost for the guided tour is €2,50 per person in addition to the €5.00 price of admission, and there are senior and student discounts. We took the 90 min English tour with Miguel (monastery guide) and it was fabulous. Miguel was very thorough and we learned a lot of important details abut the monastery, the city, the country, and the monarchy plus a bit of world history in relation to the monastery. Without the history this place is just another museum, mausoleum, and church. Most of the Portuguese Royalty is buried here including an English Queen, and a very popular and worldwide famous Saint lived here. The staff is friendly, helpful, and fluent in English. We went on a Sunday morning and the monastery was practically empty to our surprise.
Written November 7, 2022
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Pranav3241
48 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It is very much worth a visit.

It is well worth it see the lovely cathedral, the water storage area and all the innards of the monastery with alot of the preserved relics and artworks.

It is not very expensive either, I can't remember exactly but either 5 or 10 euros each. Well worth it either way. The views at the top of the bell towers are the best in Lisbon, we didn't even bother visiting the castle after this as it was so impressive.
Written November 11, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
1,494 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
I would say only come here if you have a real interest in the history or you will get bored.  Very interesting.  There is a lot of information and the displays are very good.  I learnt a lot.  The museum was really well laid out and easy to navigate.  Upon entering, you will get a basic introduction leaflet produced in a number of languages.  Well kept.  At the end, you can go to the top and take in the lovely views of the city.  Staff are pleasant and friendly.  I spent just over an hour in there.  As I said, only go if you are really interested in history.  Initially I thought the €5.00 (April, 2022) entrance fee was a bit much but once I was inside, I could see why.  It was worth it. 
Written April 16, 2022
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Alice M
London, UK119 contributions
Jun 2022
We really enjoyed this. We aren't particularly religious but found it a claming and beautiful oasis. The display of Las Fonatine's tales were good fun and beautifully made (like Aesop's fables). We spent a long time reading those. The view from the roof was breath taking. Highly recommend for that alone.
Written June 25, 2022
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Tim J
Banbury, UK280 contributions
Mar 2020
The museum (which is located to the front right of the church) was a hidden gem and highlight of the trip for us.

This is the best display, which we encountered, of the famous white and blue tile work synonymous with Portugal.

It is worth noting that entrance was 5 euro at time of writing and it was cash only.
Written March 12, 2020
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Brad P
Dallas, TX149 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We have traveled all over the world and this property is special. It is unbelievable that most of this property was started in 1147. Take your time to experience this treasure. The tile work is unbelievable. Sit in the courtyard and visualize how old this place is. The collection of vestments, ornate crosses and numerous other artifacts are some of the finest I have ever seen. This is truly one of the most exquisite historical architectural experiences I have ever enjoyed. My wife is not a fan of museum type experiences and she truly loved this tour.
Written October 20, 2022
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Nadina P
New York City, NY280 contributions
May 2022
Apparently, this monastery isn't heavily trafficked, but it's a great way to get views of the city. We decided to do a tour and got Miguel, who was wonderful. We learned a lot more about Portuguese history than we ever would have and got to appreciate far more of what was in the building than we would have alone. I think it's worth a trip!
Written July 7, 2022
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Michael U
Las Vegas, NV42,935 contributions
Sep 2021
Known for sweeping views of sea and city, The Church and Monastery of São Vicente de Fora is a 17th-century structure containing the royal pantheon of the Braganza monarchs of Portugal. Named for its original location outside the city walls the exterior leans towards Mannerism while Batroque details fill the chapel. Good for a quick visit, while free access to the rooftop allows great photographs of the city.
Written October 23, 2021
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,610 contributions
Jun 2021
Here is a place where one can experience history, both ecclesiastical and secular, through both art and architecture. There simply aren’t enough positive superlatives to describe this monastery!

The Fables of La Fontaine, the Sacristy, and the beautiful sculpture in the Pantheon of the Bragança Dynasty are among the most beautiful works of art. But then, the entire monastery is a stunning work of art.

Entry/exit is through a gorgeous flower-filled courtyard.

Very easy to access the Monastery, either by a 10-minute walk from the Santa Apolónia metro terminus of the blue line or by catching the 28E tram, which stops in front of the monastery. Will depend where you’re located.
Written July 14, 2021
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,518 contributions
Feb 2020
Not far from the Pantheon, this wasn't on my list to visit but went in on my way and what a surprise. Beautiful architecture and stunning tiled decor, this was worth the visit. Great views from the rooftop. If you are going to the Pantheon, then this should definitely be on your list.
Written February 28, 2020
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