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“Don't miss this” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora

Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora
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Electric Car Tour of Lisbon Old Town and Belém with GPS Audio Guide
Ranked #44 of 391 things to do in Lisbon
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“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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Ystad, Sweden
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“Favorite place in Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Visited this museum on the last day in Lisbon and could have stayed for hours (but got threre just before they closed). Wounderfull wiev from the terasses on the church. Nice museem and you cant miss the royal familie tombs. A lovely statue of a mourning woman. Not much turist when we were here so yould really walk around enjoying the monastery.

Visited November 2012
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Blagoveschensk
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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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Den Helder, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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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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Malaga, Spain
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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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