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Carmo Archaeological Museum
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Family Tour: Enchanted Lisbon
Ranked #47 of 484 things to do in Lisbon
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Carmo Archaeological Museum is situated in the ruins of the old Church of Santa Maria do Carmo, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. This church was known as one of the most beautiful Gothic temples in Lisbon until the earthquake of 1755, which caused serious damage to the building and destroyed almost all of its religious-artistic contents. Its re-construction began in an experimental Gothic style in 1756 and stopped in 1834, when the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. In 1863, royal architect, Joaquim Possidonio da Silva, founded the Portuguese Civil Architects Association. About one year later, in 1864, the Carmo Archaeological Museum was installed there for the storage and display of important sculptures from old ruined buildings. Curing the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. the museum houses a collection which dates from Pre-History to the present day and shows the way people have thought and felt in different areas of culture throughout the ages.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ruined convent is a very famous attraction in Lisbon.
While the visit in it isn't quite interesting, the fact that this building has survived the centuries is a miracle on its own.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The remains of a beautiful church destroyed during the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon. Restoration attempts were stopped and the site was left as is with other archaeological relics brought for safekeeping. It's is not very large, will take maybe an hour of your time. Also cheap.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ruins Convento do Carmo is maybe the most visible landmarks in Lisbon bearing witness to the horrible earthquake in 1755. The construction of this gothic convent and church started in 1389. The museum will give you admittance to the ruined church and a small archaeological museum, with pieces from all periods of Portuguese history. Entrance is only 4 euros for adult.

The ruins were really interesting and makes for brilliant photo opportunity. The stone roof over the nave collapsed after the earthquake and was never rebuilt. Today only the pointed arches between the pillars have survived and they make for interesting views against the sky as you move around inside the ruins.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you can only visit one church/museum, make sure you go to the Carmo Convent. Study the history of it before hand. The sight will awe you. The open sky becomes the ceiling of the ruin making the whole ambiance spectacularly dramatic. The universe becomes one morphing and enveloping us, these puny things standing inside the ruins. Such a meaningful symbolic gesture Pombal gave his people when he decided not to fix the church—a glimpse of the connection of god, the universe, and the human. There are artifacts found from different sources on display. Each has its history and belonged to some nobility/aristocrat/priests and so on.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Convento do Carmo is a spectacular site where one can reflect on the devastation Lisbon suffered in the 1755 earthquake, marvel at the brilliance of medieval architecture, and enjoy the beauty of centuries old religious artifacts. Stone gothic arches set against the blue sky offers a reprieve from the bustle of Lisbon, and the museum offers some wonderful artifacts from all over Portugal. One of my favourite spots in Lisbon.

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