August 16, 2017 by The Atlas Team
Convento do Carmo
Ancient arches hold the sky up as the city sprawls beneath you.
0-14 years: Free; Adults: €4; +65 years: €3; Students: €3; Groups (30+ people): € 3/pp
Largo do Carmo
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Mon – Sat, 10h-19h; Oct-May: 10h – 18h
The great earthquake of 1755 created these towering ruins of the former church and convent as you see them today. It’s a vaulted roofless church that now hosts tourists, pilgrims, photographers, dreamers, and ancient architecture fanatics by day and at times, concerts by night in the warmer months. Inside the apse end you’ll find a library of antiquities that would make any rare book collector drool, and would make those fascinated with child mummies from Peru (don’t judge, you know, everyone has their “thing”) ooh and aah in wonder. Take the elevator to the top with the rest of the sheeple to enter the ruins, or walk in from Praça do Carmo for free if you’re already on top of the hill. Have your camera ready, because the interior skeleton is stunning, as are the views from the top of the elevator, which you can access for free since you’re already up there.