Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

Sao Vicente da Fora

One of the largest sacral buildings in the city surpasses all the others especially by its location. It is located on the edge of the hill above the Alfama district, and is therefore visible from the banks of the Tejo River.

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The monastery of the Augustinian Order has stood on this site since 1147, but nothing of the original buildings have survived.

Today's monumental complex dates back to the reign of King Philip II. It was completed in 1629.

A Mannerist jewel and magnificent interiors

The São Vicente de Fora Monastery is one of the most important monuments built in the Mannerist style. While the façade stands out with its white colour and very austere decoration, the interiors are a sight to behold.

The Baroque monastery church has a beautifully decorated sacristy, and the interiors of the monastery itself are also decorated with rich Baroque paintings and walls adorned with typical Portuguese azulejos.

Set aside at least an hour to visit the monastery complex.

Admission and opening hours

The monastery church and the main corridors of the monastery itself, including the most beautiful rooms, are open to the public.

It isopen daily from 10:00-19:00, with the last entry at 18:00.

The ticket price is 5 eur. Students and seniors over 65 pay only 3 eur.

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How to get to the monastery?

Directly in front of the monastery there is a stop for the historic trams and regular buses Voz Operário.

The following services pass through this stop (click on the line number for the timetable and map):

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