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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
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On our way back from the Feira de Ladra and Panteao we could not help passing by this impressive looking church. As seems to be the case with everything in Lisbon it was built on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Poznan, Poland
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Poznan, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On our way back from the Feira de Ladra and Panteao we could not help passing by this impressive looking church. As seems to be the case with everything in Lisbon it was built on a promontory so from the stairs leading to it you can watch the old trams negotiating with difficulty the narrow street in front of it.... More 

Thank kwiewiorowski
Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we visited here on a cruise stop in the city. The church is one of many and is worth the climb up from the harbour as it is beautiful inside and sunday mass was just ending as we arrived. A number of steps are required so those with limited mobility may find it tough

Thank Ges R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We stumbled upon this gorgeous church not really by accident, but we were absolutely amazed by this hidden gem. We were here on the 24th of December, which is a day where most places in Lisbon aren't open, or only operate for half a day. We arrived at the church at 12.55 AM and found that it wouldn't receive any... More 

Thank Amaxing
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Great view from upstrais (Douwn Lisbon and tajo river) Historical. The temple is very simple, without any luxury.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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.

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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 21 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

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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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