The haunting, and yet, beautiful sight of the ruins of Carmo Convent is one of the most striking of Lisbon. Located in the Chiado neighborhood, on the top of a hill overlooking Rossio square and facing the Castle, the Convent has its entrance at Carmo Square and its very close to Santa Justa lift.
The ruins of the Convent's church are the sole reminder of the major earthquake that devastated the city in 1755, but the story of Carmo Convent started centuries before. Built between 1389 and 1423, the Convent is a typical example of the 14th century Gothic style, although compared to other Gothic churches of Lisbon, the Carmo Church was said to be the most imposing in its architecture and decoration.
In our days, and since 1864, the nave and apse of the Carmo Church are house to Carmo Archaeological Museum and hold a number of exhibits of historical, archaeological and artistic value, from all periods of Portuguese history. The roofless nave has a series of tombs, fountains, windows and other architectural relics from different places and styles, while the old apse chapels are also used as exhibition rooms. One of them houses notable pre-historical objects.
The Church's nave is also used for musical concerts, granting to the events an almost magical ambience.
Carmo Archaeological Museum and Ruins
Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa
Phone: + 351 213 478 629
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
(from Monday to Saturday)
October to May: 10 am to 6 pm
June to September: 10 am to 7 pm
General public: 3,5€ | Children: free | Reduced Admission: 2.80€ (granted if you have Lisbon Card)
You can get there walking from Chiado or choosing one of this transportations: Santa Justa lift, Metro (Baixa-Chiado) or Tram 28 (Chiado).