Carmo convent in Lisbon

Portugal is one of those countries that we should know from cover to cover since it has many interesting places, and also being so close is fantastic since you will not have to make a long trip to get to any of its cities. There you can find both spectacular beach areas and large cities or small charming towns.

In the capital, Lisbon , you will find many things to see and do, and today I would like to recommend one of its most special places. It is the Convento do Carmo , which you will reach by going up with the Elevador de Santa Justa to the Barrio Alto, so the first thing you will see there is that you have spectacular views of the city. It is also one of the most important nightlife areas as it has many restaurants, fado houses and bars.

His story

It was built at the beginning of the 15th century , being one of the most spectacular religious buildings of the time in the country. The bad thing is that there was a terrible earthquake in 1755 and it destroyed a large part of both the convent and the church, as it happened with many other great monuments in the city. Although it was rebuilt in part, you can still see the trace that that tragedy left and that is one of the most interesting parts of its history.



It is located in a privileged place, with beautiful views of the Castle of São Jorge, another place that you should visit. What was left of the church after the earthquake today houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum , which has five rooms in which you can see statues, sarcophagi , ceramics and mosaics from various periods ranging from the Neolithic to the present day. This museum is undoubtedly its great attraction today.


The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closing an hour later between June and September. Closed every Sunday and on January 1, May 1 and December 25.