Convento do Carmo, Lisbon

The partially ruined Convento do Carmo (Carmelite Convent) was once Lisbon's largest convent, but it was severely damaged in the 1755 earthquake. Today open-air summer orchestral concerts are held beneath its majestic archways.

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History of Convento do Carmo

Lisbon's Carmelite convent was founded in 1389 by the knight Nuno Álvares Pereira, the Constable of Portugal (supreme military commander after the king). Carmelites from Moura in southern Portugal entered the convent in 1392. In 1404, the pious founding knight donated his wealth to the convent and, in 1423, he also became a brother of the convent.

The Convento do Carmo was severely damaged in the great earthquake of 1755, which killed many worshippers inside at the time. It suffered further damage from vandalism by Napoleonic troops. Unlike other buildings in the area, the church was never rebuilt, but its skeleton has remained mostly intact for 250 years.

What to See at Convento do Carmo

Today, the convent is an evocative ruin and part of the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo. Its ruined Gothic nave, with roof arches open to the sky, stands as a silent reminder of the devastating 1755 earthquake. A small collection of artifacts is displayed in the convent's sacristy, including ceramic tiles, medieval tombs, ancient coins, and other local finds.

Quick Facts on Convento do Carmo

Site Information
Names:Carmelite Convent · Convento do Carmo · Museu Arqueológico do Carmo
Country:Portugal
Categories:monasteries; ruins
Styles:Gothic
Dates:1389
Status: ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:38.712086° N, 9.140357° W
Address:Largo do Carmo
Lisbon, Portugal
Phone:21/346-0473
Hours:Apr-Sept daily 10am-6pm
Oct-Mar daily 10am-5pm
Lodging:View hotels near Convento do Carmo
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Convento do Carmo - Fodor's Portugal
  2. Museu Archeologico do Carmo - Frommer's Portugal
  3. Carmo Convent - Wikipedia

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