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Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora

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Graca & Sao Vicente
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Address: Largo de Sao Vicente, Lisbon, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 887 6470
08:00 - 13:00
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While here make sure to visit the monastery right next door and visit the room with all the tombs of the Braganca Portuguese royal family.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would skip the church and just go to the cloisters. There's an entry fee (I think 5 euro), and you can go see some of the history of the church, as well as access the tombs to the last royal ruling family of Portugal - the house of Braganza. That was really the only reason I went. If you... More 

Thank Lauren S
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

While here make sure to visit the monastery right next door and visit the room with all the tombs of the Braganca Portuguese royal family.

Thank TheCanadianNavigator
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went in there because the net was adamant that there was an ivory Jesus in there... but we found none. Still, the church is lovely, it's fresh and nice for a little wander or prayer.

Thank Anne S
Bundeena, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The church itself is drab but the paid visit to the classical cloisters with its blue panoramic tiles and access to the roof for outstanding views of this oldest section of the city is worth the admission. Tram 28 stops out front but walking down along the line is an education too.

Thank Graham B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I stumbled across this place on a wander (if up a seriously steep slope can be called a wander) and agreed with other views that it's petty but not essential.

Thank CSN
Belgrade, Serbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Architecture of the building is amazing, but that is all. Rest is classic and the same as other churches are. If walking in this neighborhood you shouldn't skip it, but you will not miss much if you don't come by.

Thank Sandra D
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Just a very pleasant church but nothing special. Although it became special to me because I lit a candle for a dear friend who had just passed away.

Thank ceciliamorrison
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is well worth a visit. Immaculately presented church and beautiful blue tiled cloister and Monastery. Great value at only 5€. The view from the roof is quite something and well worth the climb. If you like Royal history this is a must see.

Thank JScottie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful church both outside and in, without having an overwhelming decor. Allows for quiet reflection and peace.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This church is a large one, but it is not a must visit place. The cloisters might be nice, but there is a charge (€6 I believe).

Thank tombillinge

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Graca & Sao Vicente
You can be thankful that most common travel guides don't mention Graça and São Vicente that often. Part of Lisbon's historic center and "Old Town", they feel like independent villages in the capital's center, and more untouched than Alfama. Amazing views, restaurants and parks, as well as important monuments like the S. Vicente Church and the National Pantheon, make this a spectacular option for those looking for a more tranquil walk-around in the center of Lisbon. Graça has been the choice of many younger people over the past years, both nationals and expats, given the cozy feeling of the neighborhood and its hidden secrets.
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