CARMO ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND RUINS
The Carmo Archaeological Museum and ruins are located in the Largo do Carmo, in Lisbon. If you don’t know it yet, you should know that it’s a mandatory visiting place, because there you’ll be able to experience an authentic magical scene of ruin, like a memorial of the 1755 earthquake!
Igreja do Carmo is a Gothic monument, which was designed by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, at the time chief of the army and the kingdom, who eventually chose this same place to be his grave. The church’s construction began in 1389, and has always been considered one of the outstanding monuments of Lisbon, for its magnificence and monumentality.
With the 1755 earthquake and following fires, the church and the convent were virtually destroyed, as were their filling. The following year, reconstruction work began in a neo-Gothic style, but the extinction of religious orders in Portugal in 1834 cause the discontinuation of the project. Over time and with a new vision of art, it was chosen to leave the work unfinished, because the pillars and body of the church nave in the open turned it into a truly charming place.
The Archaeological Museum was founded in 1864 and, nationally, it was a pioneer in the preservation of the art and archeology of the country. Its collections include the compilation of Roman Epigraphy, the collection of pre-Colombian ceramics and mummies and the collection originating from the excavation of Castro de Vila Nova de S. Pedro, currently counting with about a thousand articles in permanent display.
To visit the museum and the church, you must enter the West side of Largo do Carmo, where you’ll find a wooden door where the ticket office is. It’s possible to request a guided tour and you can discover the place from 3€, depending on your condition. It should also be noted that there are visiting conditions for people with reduced mobility. A great option to visit with family, friends and even alone. The insight this place allows you to get can only be surpassed by the emotion of this truly stunning environment. Enjoy and visit it to tell us about your experience!
From October to May: Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From June to September: Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*Foto: João Farinha.
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