São Vicente de Fora Monastery
Campo dei Santa Clara, Lisbon, Portugal
São Vicente de Fora Monastery Lisbon Reviews
Blue tiles and paradise! Oct 31, 2014
Honestly, you can't miss this building as almost any tourist postcard of the Alfama features this as the main attraction. Yes, it's that Church'ish building with the turrets and a body that stretches forever....
Peek in a bit more, and you realise it's a lot better on the inside than the outside. Yes, considering the outside itself is so good!
The Church or Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, or the "Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls" is a 17th-century church and monastery and has become one of the most important monasteries of Portugal. There's a whole load of info you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monastery_of_S%C3%A3o_Vicente_de_Fora
Cheap entry fees (6 Euro), one needs an hour at least to really enjoy this place. The thing that fascinated me the most is the opulence and history conveyed through blue tiles. So rich. Blue tiles were something that I saw more of as the trip progressed, but this was the first time I was surrounded by it. The room that houses the tombs of the House of Braganza was kind of scary, in that there's statue of someone standing by one coffin in white robes... it almost looked real!
There were exhibitions of various tile paintings and their meanings (arranged in a notebook kind of fashion) which I thought was cool. I didn't read all of them though. I skipped the gardens nearby which I couldn't find anyway even though my ticket included that visit as well.
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Excellent monastery Dec 02, 2010
Founded in the twelfth century, this monastery is built in a Romanesque style and serves as one of the oldest monasteries in Portugal.
The monastery holds a number of tombs which belong to Portugal's kings and queens. They also have an exhibition of 31 tile illustrations, which show fable stories. The sacristy is particularly ornate, impressive and well worth seeing. Although you may or may not get to see the church next door, entering the monastery will allow to you get up to the roof of the church and enjoy some stunning views.
Entrance fee is 4 Euros. Non-flash photography is permitted. Bags and coats must be left at reception, where a number tag is provided for security reasons.
The monastery is definitely worth seeing if you are in the Alfama and Castelo region of Lisbon.