Medieval ruins & archaeology museum Carmo Convent - Archaeological museum in Lisbon, Portugal

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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal



+351 21 346 0473

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4.50 (13579 reviews)


  • Crowd
    • Family friendly
  • Amenities
    • Toilets
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Good for kids
  • Highlights
    • Live performances
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible lift
    • Wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • Wheelchair-accessible entrance


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  • 5davi g. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Landmark of the destruction and reconstruction of Lisbon in 1755. (Original) Marco da destruição e reconstrução de Lisboa em 1755.

  • 5Sarah T. 1 year ago
    Lovely little museum in the ruins of a church. You can do it in less than an hour and it’s great to poke around. The video is good, it regularly runs so even if you join halfway wait 2 minutes and it starts again. The cat is a charming addition 😻

  • 5Nasim C. 1 year ago
    This museum is totally worth the price of admission which I believe was five euros. My wife and I had plenty of photo opportunities outside (courtyard with remnants of where the church was destroyed. The inside was much more museum like and had interesting displays including pretty graphic well preserved mummies. The culmination was a video in the chapel which outlined the history of the convent beautifully. Worth the visit.

  • 5Madhu K. 1 year ago
    Ticket charge is €5 ( discount for Lisboa card) and Mask & Corona Green Pass mandatory. The Convent recreated after the earth quake in 1755. Most of the architecture dates back to the 1300s, but Manueline (Portuguese Gothic) windows and other details were added later, in the 16th and 18th centuries. Egyptian mummies, 3500BC sculptures, Siva linga are available To the right of the convent is a gate leading to the Santa Justa Elevator and Terraços do Carmo, terraces now occupied by an open-air café and bar, offering a view of the castle and over Rossio Square.

  • 5Przemek S. 1 year ago
    Great history lesson and small but rich museum exposition.

  • 5Connor N. 1 year ago
    Amazingly cool historical place. Def a must see

  • 5Letro P. 1 year ago
    Really impressed! First I thought and why is this church such a big deal!BUT it unique!Check at the photos and you ll realise!There is also a little museum inside and a really nice presentation of the history of the church!

  • 5Omar Z. 1 year ago
    Incredible to see the centuries old convent as well as other artifacts from Portugal. Sitting outside and looking at the ruins is breathing, thinking of the thousands of people who have passed through before. The mummies from Peru were also remarkable.

  • 5Bistra I. 1 year ago
    Wow, that was such a pleasant surprise! Magical building and a very interesting archaeological collection including an Egyptian sarcophagus with a mummy and two Peruvian mummies. The square in front has several very cute cafes so it also makes a nice break.

  • 5R. 1 year ago
    Amazing architecture. Surprised to see Egyptian mummies there but interesting. Good watch for the price of €5 for adult. I’m not a history geek so the museum part wasn’t so much of fun for me but the architecture was good enough for me.

  • 5miriam s. 1 year ago
    definitely a place to be visited! open-air museum with great collection!

  • 5Janaina S. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) There will be a light show until October 31, 2020. Very nice! It's about the history of Portugal and the Church. (Original) Bis zum 31 10.2020 gibt es ein Lichtshow. Sehr schön! Es geht um das Geschichte des Portugal und der Kirche.

  • 5F. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) A church that only maintains the facade, I could not visit it. Next to it there is a kind of police station. They do the changing of the guard and it is very cool to see it. (Original) Una iglesia que solo se mantiene la fachada, yo no pude visitarla. Pegado a el hay una especie de comisaría. Hacen el cambio de guardia y es muy chulo verlo.

  • 5Steven B. 2 years ago
    Amazing history and so well presented

  • 5vagner f. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Beautiful (Original) Lindíssimo...

  • 5Gisele C. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Beautiful and full of bistrias (Original) Lindo e cheio de bistorias

  • 5Irina M. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Wonderful place, so much history until you can touch it. (Original) Lugar maravilhoso, tanta história até que possa tocar.

  • 5Marina Prata D. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Fantastic (Original) Fantastica

  • 5Sheila L. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Beautiful environment, well decorated, magnificent service. (Original) Ambiente lindo, bem decorado, atendimento magnífico.

  • 5Henri H. 7 months ago
    Lovely location to spend 15-30 minutes at. Entry didn‘t take too long. In my opinion the building itself is the most interesting, but it does have a little exhibition inside.

  • 5Ilaria M. 4 months ago
    I think this was my favorite experience in Lisbon. Absolutely worth the 5 eur. we found just a small queue ( Monday at 14:00). The architecture is amazing and very peculiar but it doesn’t stop there. There is a small bit pretty museum included in the visit that space from Paleolithic age to the last century. I suggest you at the end of the museum visit to enjoy the light show in the last room ( in English and Portuguese ).

  • 5Travis M. 5 months ago
    This was a fantastic Gem hidden in the heart of Lisbon. We were just walking around the city streets scouting a place for Dinner when we found it. Again, this is another place where it is mainly a self guided tour. But there was fantastic history to see in here. These are such valuable pieces of History that need to be cherished and cared for. A MUST see if visiting Lisbon in my opinion.

  • 5Alison U. 7 months ago
    A very cool experience to be inside these ruins and look up through the arches. It's not a very big exhibit and can get crowded so if you're able to be there right at opening that makes the experience go better. Be sure to go to the top of the Santa Justa Lift and look out and across to the convent. This is free and you are able to go out on the platform without any cost and see some spectacular views.

  • 5Angela P. 1 year ago
    The most fascinating part of this cultural spot is the story behind it, all you see in this pictures are the parts that survived a fire. Is incredible how the structure remained intact. Also has a museum where you can explore even fossils.

  • 5Bret B. 9 months ago
    This convent is located in a beautiful area of Lisbon and so worth a visit, even if you don't go in. They close early so the evening I was there I didn't go inside, but I believe it's only €5 and after seeing the pictures of the inside on the other reviews, I figured it wasn't worth making a special trip back. But I'm sharing pictures of the area. Lots of places to eat and this is a very social area of town. If you walk around behind the convent there's amazing views of the adjacent neighborhood and historical cobblestone everywhere. It's quite fascinating to see the various "layers" of elevation between neighborhoods. Lisbon is either an architectural dream or nightmare, depending on how you look at it. But for a tourist it's a fascinating place to see, visit and experience. Older structures like this convent area critical component of the city's personality and charm. 🙏🏻

  • 5Neil D. 11 months ago
    The convent is very impressive and walking around there is lots to see. The engraved stonework around the sides to the stone window frames. It was fairly busy but seemed peaceful. When toy go to the far end into the building you see statues and decorated walls. On the floor are glass platforms and you see steps and passages which unfortunately are closed off

  • 5Beatrice W. 7 months ago
    A beautiful standing witness to the 1755 earthquake. Impressive architecture. Chambers of history going back to the BC. Entry fee is 5Euro. A quick tour, not a big convent/museum. Can also enjoy the star at the night show.

  • 5Helen I. 6 months ago
    It was a magnificent site and I was appalled to see this “church with no roof “ which is still so beautiful and grand. It’s amazing that even after about 260 years and 2 earth quakes and tsunami, these walls and arches are still standing on the ground. The museum is amazing as well and exhibits are very impressive. I believe this is one of must see site in Lisbon. Strongly recommended.

  • 5Elizabeth W. 2 years ago
    Visited in June before borders were open to tourists and on a week day, so I had the place to myself, and it was lovely. The remnants of the building are really cool and massive, but I also enjoyed looking at the artifacts in the chapel museum area. I especially liked the azulejos depictions of the passion of the Christ. This is a great peaceful site to pass some time. Totally worth the €5 to me.

  • 5Kristyna B. 6 months ago
    Beautiful church in the centre close to the old elevator even with small see view! Best attraction in the old part of the city.

  • 5Andrei M. 6 months ago
    A place full of history. I find it pretty impressive as it remembers of game Wolfenstein. The tall arcades are gorgeous!

  • 5Flavio P. 11 months ago
    Impressive gothic architecture! It was closed when I visited but it would definitely pay a visit, it seems very interesting from the inside. There’s a lounge bar in the background where you can sip some drinks and listen music. Next to it, you can see the elevator from a different point of view.

  • 5Simi T. 9 months ago
    Beautiful little museum in a former convent. A peaceful respite from the outside world. The best €5 I spent all day!

  • 5Sophia P. 10 months ago
    I loved it! The ruins stand magnificent and you can also see beautiful things in the museum. One more thing I loved about it is the square in front of it, where you can have a coffee or an aperitivo while listening to street musicians.. This place was one of my favorites in Lisbon❤️

  • 5Anna A. 9 months ago
    Loved sitting at the stairs under the sky and surrounded by such a history. Once it was the most influential church in Lisbon. The space is so airy and unique. Must see in the city.

  • 5Swati M. 10 months ago
    Beautiful place. with the ruins, museum, mummies 😁. Must visit if you love the architecture and museum. You need around 1 hour to explore the whole place. In the last room of the museum, the project/telecast the story and the history about the place. They have entrance ticket of 5 euros.

  • 5Jo-Hsuan H. 1 year ago
    Breathtaking monastery ruins with an interesting collection, including mummies. There is also an extremely impressive light show about the history of the monastery in Portuguese and English. Must watch.

  • 5Kerstin H. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Great place to visit (Original) Ottimo posto da visitare

  • 5Nuno A. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Quiet visit in times of pandemic. Recommend guided tour (Original) Visita tranquila em tempos de pandemia. Recomendo visita guiada

  • 5JuEv.IG J. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) There are a number of museums in Lisbon, but this one goes deep into the history of the Portuguese way of life. Highly recommend planning at least 7 days for this city. (Original) In Lissabon sind eine Vielzahl von Museen aber dieses zeigt tief in die Geschichte der portugiesischen Lebensweise hinein. Sehr zu empfehlen mindestens 7 Tage für diese Stadt zu planen.

  • 5SAÚDE D. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) I loved the show (Original) Amei o espectáculo

  • 5Magda K. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) A great place with a great history. It is worth coming here, and the visitors are guided by a cute cat :) I recommend it! (Original) Wspaniale miejsce ze świetną historią. Warto tu się pojawić, a zwiedzających oprowadza uroczy kot :) polecam!

  • 5Rosario E. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Magical (Original) Magico

  • 5Bartek S. 2 years ago
    Great place to visit. Really magical being in convent under the sky.

  • 5Adelina G. 2 years ago
    Wether to take a break or if you're interested in the history of Lisbon - a must-see.

  • 5Zélia G. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) I loved it (Original) Adorei

  • 5Adriano N. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Beautiful place (Original) Lugar lindo

  • 5Milan J. 2 years ago
    Deligfull little museum

  • 5Maria Szuber P. 2 years ago
    Great place for events.

  • 5barbara g. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) I only saw from the outside, but it was still worth it. (Original) Widziałam tylko z zewnątrz, ale i tak było warto.

  • 5Ren K. 3 years ago
    Beautiful ruins with a rich history. Very well organized museum inside with many interesting artifacts well worth seeing! Hope to return in the evening when it’s all lit up. Small entry fee of 6€

  • 5Maryam K. 2 years ago
    At this place, you can visit the ruins of the Gothic church destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, in addition to an evocative roofless nave and archeological museum inside the restored section of the church. There is also a cat living there (there is a photo of him in the album), his name is Nuno!

  • 5Antonio I. 3 years ago
    One of the best places in Lisbon. Incredible scenery (a Gothic church that caved in during the great quake of 1755, now mainly an elegant series of arches) and few selected but very interesting archaeological items. Oh and look for the museum cat... Entry fee is 5€.

  • 5Melanie c. 2 years ago
    Impressive old church. The museum about archeology is small and a but dated. Good educative vidéo and impressive momies !

  • 5najrul i. 2 years ago
    Stunning view the city of Lisbon main downtown area what glamorous panaramic view hidden gem

  • 5Miriam G. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) The place by itself is incredible, one of the places in Lisbon that takes your breath away the most, and complementing the Lisbon Under Stars experience, it simply becomes a magical place. (Original) El lugar por si solo es increíble, uno de los lugares de Lisboa que más te quita el aliento, y complementando con la experiencia de Lisbon Under Stars sencillamente se vuelve un lugar mágico.

  • 5Christopher -. 2 years ago
    Super nice light show.

  • 5Waldecyr R. 2 years ago
    This is an amazing place. One feels like going back to the past.

  • 5José A. G. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Ruins consolidated in memory of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the greatest natural disaster of modern times. In addition to the ruins, the ticket includes a visit to the museum. (Original) Ruinas consolidadas en recuerdo del terremoto de Lisboa de 1755, el mayor desastre natural de la época moderna. Además de las ruinas, l entrada incluye la visita al museo.

  • 5luis f. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Amazing (Original) Espetacular

  • 5Algabe S. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Link history (Original) Ligar histórico

  • 5Simone S. 2 years ago
    A magnificent old church that now has the sky as its ceiling. We went to Lisbon Under The Stars here at the time that the show was on which was incredibly beautiful, definitely recommend.

  • 5São L. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) I loved it, very safe, well organized. A compilation of historical facts very well done. The projections, the music, the narration, the sound and visual effects are excellent. Ends quickly, 45 minutes pass without feeling. It is well worth the money. I recommend (Original) Adorei, muita segurança, bem organizado. Uma compilação de factos históricos muito bem feita. As projeções , a música, a narração, os efeitos sonoros e visuais são excelentes. Termina rápido, passam 45 minutos sem sentir. Vale muito bem o dinheiro. Recomendo

  • 4Benvinda N. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) They are one of the main of the catastrophe that was the earthquake of 1755, in Lisbon. The Carmo Ruins ... are what remains of the Church of the Carmo Convent, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. Belonging to the friars of the Order of the Carmelites, and D. donated his property to the convent and entered it as a religious. It was the main Gothic church in the capital, having the earthquake and fires destroyed the church and its stuffing. Work began on reconstruction, in the reign of D. Maria I, being interrupted in 1834 with the extinction of religious orders. In the mid-nineteenth century it was to keep as they were, since it was the taste for medieval ruins and monuments. They continue to be today one of the symbols of Lisbon, attracting many visitors. The convent is since 1836 military installation, being soothes of the National Republican Guard. a church body and choir, whose roof resisted the earthquake, has been requalified and works as Archaeological Museum. (Original) São um dos principais testemunhos da catástrofe que foi o grande terramoto de 1755, em Lisboa. As Ruínas do Carmo... são o que resta da Igreja do Convento do Carmo, fundado em 1389 por D. Nuno Alvares Pereira. Pertencia aos frades da Ordem das Carmelitas, tendo D. Nuno doado os seus bens ao convento e ingressado nele como religioso. Foi a principal igreja gótica da capital, tendo o terramoto e os incêndios destruído a igreja e o seu recheio. Iniciaram-se obras para reconstrução, no reinado de D. Maria I, sendo interrompidas em 1834 com a extinção das ordens religiosas. Em meados do século XIX optou-se por manter como estavam, uma vez que imperava o gosto pelas ruínas e monumentos medievais. Continuam a ser hoje um dos símbolos de Lisboa, atraindo muitos visitantes. O convento é desde 1836 instalação militar, sendo sede da Guarda Nacional Republicana. um corpo da igreja e o coro, cujo telhado resistiu ao terramoto, foi requalificado e funciona como Museu Arqueológico.

  • 4Alex R. 2 years ago
    Lisbon under the Stars... amazing!! (Apart from the interpretive dance)

  • 4Susana D. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) I saw the show under stars and it was very beautiful. (Original) Vi o espetáculo under stars e estava muito bonito.

  • 4Jochen S. 2 years ago
    The museum is ok. The cat is great and she gets 10 out of 5 because she is a cat 🐈

  • 4Robert C. 7 months ago
    This is a small, but interesting museum. Due to the fact that its located in a ruined medieval convent it feels somehow more authentic. Fairly cheap price of admission, but there is not so much to see that you'd wanna be there for more than an hour, tops. Still, charming and vaguely impressive.

  • 4Rubaiyat E S. 1 year ago
    Adult ticket €5 and student €4. You will enter in a magical place with Roman Gothic Ruins from 1755. There was a museum inside where it was forbidden to take picture. Carlota the cat is a nice addition in the attraction. There was a nice video show about the history of the church. The restroom was nice and clean.

  • 4Lisa H. 2 years ago
    very interesting and unique place. if you visit, don't skip the animated story of the convent, which explains all the facts you need to know about this place both in portuguese and in english. we went in the middle of the day, and despite it being august 2020 (covid usually means longer queues), we were able to go straight in and visit without any crowds. also, we saw a kitten. that's a plus in my book.

  • 4Jim . 6 months ago
    Had a interesting visit learning and discovering history. We went for the Lisbon under stars light show and it was great. Little bit too crowded and could have had a bit more details. Ruins itself is pretty simple and fast to observe, but overall a good visit.

  • 4Łukasz . 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) An archaeological museum was organized in the ruins of the monastery. There are many artifacts on site, collected not only from the place where the Monastery stood / stands, not only from the Lisbon area, but from a large part of this region. Accessible from below is one of the most charming lifts in Lisbon. (Original) W ruinach klasztoru zorganizowano muzeum archeologiczne. Na miejscu jest sporo artefaktów zebranych nie tylko z miejsca gdzie stał/stoi Klasztor, nie tylko z obszaru Lizbony, ale z dużej części tego regionu. Dojechać można z dołu jedną z najbardziej urokliwych wind w Lizbonie.

  • 4Carleen C. 7 months ago
    The space is moving, being a ruin and archeology site itself. It is beautiful! The undertaking to attempt to collect and catalog arch. pieces of history is ambitious and a bit overwhelming. There does not seem to be an order to it. But it is still interesting and worth a visit.

  • 4keti g. 1 year ago
    The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a former Catholic convent located in the civil parish of Santa Maria Maior, municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. The medieval convent was ruined during the sequence of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, and the destroyed Gothic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the southern facade of the convent is the main trace of the great earthquake still visible in the old city. The Carmo Convent and its Church were built between 1389 and 1423 in the plain Gothic style typical for the mendicant religious orders. It is located in front of a quiet square -Carmo Square, very close to the Santa Justa Lift.

  • 4Paulo C. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Competently preserved as possible. Museum of Archeology somewhat confined and somewhat confusing. (Original) Preservado de forma competente da maneira possível. Museu de Arqueologia um pouco confinado e algo confuso.

  • 4Andrea Albert P. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) It is currently the Archaeological Museum of the city. But the Convento Do Carmo is an old Gothic building that, like many other things in Lisbon, was seriously affected by the earthquake of 1755. The entrance fee is € 5/4. Although, once inside the space is smaller than it seems from the outside, see the semi-ruined nave, with the arches, the stone, the archaeological remains ... And with the sun entering through the recesses of the building, with the peace that you breathe in there, it is one of the things about Lisbon that is worth not missing. (Original) Actualmente es el Museo Arqueológico de la ciudad. Pero el Convento Do Carmo es un antiguo edificio gótico que, como muchas otras cosas en Lisboa, se vió seriamente afectado por el terremoto de 1755. La entrada son 5/4€. Aunque, una vez dentro el espacio resulta más pequeño de lo que parece desde fuera, ver la nave semiderruida, con los arcos, la piedra, los restos arqueológicos... Y con el sol entrando por los recovecos del edificio, con la paz que se respira ahí dentro, es una de las cosas de Lisboa que merece la pena no perderse.

  • 4Miguel G. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) The convent and the museum are worth it, inside they have an interpretation center where they explain why everything is like this (Original) El convento y el museo merecen la pena , dentro tienen un centro de interpretación donde te explican porque está así todo

  • 4Dom v. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) Place is very well maintained and has a history of various periods of humanity, the price very good to visit. (Original) Lugar está muito bem conservado e tem uma história de vários períodos da humanidade, o preço muito bom para visitar.

  • 4David C. 1 year ago
    The site itself is a fascinating landmark. the exhebition inside is interesting, a library (not real ancient books), and artifacts both local and from remote places like Peru. 20 min visit...

  • 3TGV E. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) It has been in ruins since the 1755 earthquake (Original) Está em ruinas desde o terramoto de 1755

  • 2Cristi G. 2 years ago
    I went to see the show Lisbon under stars, which was absolutely magnificent BUT the security guy ( 2 of them actually) treated me and my friends so bad, telling us to leave like we were dogs inside a meat house. It makes me so sad to be a tourist and to hear the beautiful story of Lisbon and suddenly be treated really bad afterwards. Please please take a look on the way those guys are treating people. It's really not OK. I'm so disappointed.

  • 2Max H. 2 years ago
    Regarding the Lisbon Under Stars light show - overpriced for an oversimplified history of Portugal mixed with a light show ruined by the overemphasis on actors with choreography

  • 1Discovering D. 2 years ago
    We desperately wanted to visit inside and tried on 2 occasions yet had the staff shut the door in our faces. One of the times there was a little more than one hour before the closing time. Our rating would reflect differently had we been treated properly.

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