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Carmo Archaeological Museum

Largo do Carmo, 1200-092, Lisbon 1200-092, Portugal
+351 21 347 8629
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The Carmo Archaeological Museum is situated in the ruins of the old Church of Santa Maria do Carmo, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. This church was known as one of the most beautiful Gothic temples in Lisbon until the earthquake of 1755, which caused serious damage to the building and destroyed almost all of its religious-artistic contents. Its re-construction began in an experimental Gothic style in 1756 and stopped in 1834, when the religious orders were abolished in Portugal. In 1863, royal architect, Joaquim Possidonio da Silva, founded the Portuguese Civil Architects Association. About one year later, in 1864, the Carmo Archaeological Museum was installed there for the storage and display of important sculptures from old ruined buildings. Curing the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. the museum houses a collection which dates from Pre-History to the present day and shows the way people have thought and felt in different areas of culture throughout the ages.
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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092, Lisbon 1200-092, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was mesmerized by how charming this church's remains were. And chilling to think of its history! The archaeological museum inside is just as beautiful! Small but full of interesting things, and a gorgeous view of Lisbon from the book shop. Don't miss it if...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this place online the night before we visited, and well worth it. The ruins are stunning to walk around, the exhibits are interesting. It was also easy to get around as there we no queues and not too many people at the time we...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ruins of this convent are amazing--large columns remaining in situ after the devastating 1755 earthquake. You won't have to fight crowds, and the cool temperatures of the small museum will be welcome after a long, hot touring day. Really a fantastic item to add...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is a church that survived the 1755 earthquake and fires that destroyed Lisbon in 1755. The government had the forethought to restore it in its present condition as a reminder of the destruction. They have a multimedia production in the evening projection on the...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2018

Carmo is a fantastic little piece of Lisbon's history. I stumbled upon the Museu completely by accident when I took a wrong turn whilst looking for the Largo, but I am so glad I found this place instead. The ruins are completely unassuming from the...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

In the heart of the tourist area, it's small but worth a visit if you are in the vicinity. Just looking at the ruins and structure gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity. No big moments here. Just a rest stop before the next...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We liked it because we saw there, at night, the "Lisbon Under the Stars" immersive show giving a spec tabular brief history of Lisbon.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

This ruined convent is a very famous attraction in Lisbon. While the visit in it isn't quite interesting, the fact that this building has survived the centuries is a miracle on its own.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The remains of a beautiful church destroyed during the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon. Restoration attempts were stopped and the site was left as is with other archaeological relics brought for safekeeping. It's is not very large, will take maybe an hour of your time. Also...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The ruins Convento do Carmo is maybe the most visible landmarks in Lisbon bearing witness to the horrible earthquake in 1755. The construction of this gothic convent and church started in 1389. The museum will give you admittance to the ruined church and a small...More

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Response from FWontheroad | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can't answer your question. I do not know the concert schedule for july
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18 October 2015|
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Response from OctaviaCaprescu | Reviewed this property |
During the summer, when i visited, the opening hours were 10 to 6. During the winter, it might be 10 to 5. It's always closed on Sundays!!!
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