St. Vicente de Fora Monastery

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Mosteiro de S. Vicente de Fora


Largo de São Vicente, 1100-472 Lisboa

+351 218 810 559

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How to visit


Adult: 8,00€
Senior (over 65): 6,00€
Young (under 25): 4,00€
Lisbon Card: 7,00€

Guided Tour*: Ticket + 2,00€

*Booking is mandatory.
*Duration: about 90 min.

Free access
  • Children (under 12)
  • Disabled visitors (60%)
Opening times

10 am – 6 pm (daily)

Last admission: 5 pm

Closing days

Jan 1, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May 1 & Dec 25


Largo de São Vicente, 1100-472 Lisboa

Public transports

Blue line > Santa Apolónia station
+13 min walk

Green line > Martim Moniz station
+Tram 28E or 12 min walk

Santa Apolónia Railway Station
+13 min walk

Bus: 10B, 13B, 734, 797 > Voz Operário (Stop)

Tram: 28E > Voz Operário (Stop)

More details

  • Church & Monastery: regarded as the first major mannerist building in Portugal, admired for its traditional Portuguese tiles.
  • Cistern: a remnant of the medieval monastery.
  • Entrance Hall: features ceiling paintings by Vincenzo Baccarelli and tile panels representing the christian conquest of Lisbon.
  • Sacristy: admired for its colorful marble inlays with floral motifs (18th century).
  • Royal Pantheon of the Bragança: the final resting place of the Bragança dynasty, the fourth and last royal lineage of Portugal.
  • Chapel of “Children of Palhavã”: with an elegant tomb that pays homage to two of the King John V’s illegitimate sons.
  • “Fables of La Fontaine” Tiles: 38 tile panels that originally decorated the cloister. They represent vivid scenes from Jean de La Fontaine’s fables.

1147 – As a result of his victory in the conquest of Lisbon, King Afonso Henriques fulfills his promise and orders the construction of a early monastery dedicated to St. Vincent.

1173 – St. Vincent is proclaimed patron saint of Lisbon. King Afonso Henriques orders the transfer of the saint’s relics to the city.

1580-1640 – Philippine Dynasty. King Philip I orders the reconstruction of the Monastery. Filippo Terzi, Juan Herrera and Baltazar Álvares are the main architects engaged in the project.

17th-18th centuries – Reigns of Peter II and John V. The Monastery gains most of its opulent decoration.

1834 – Religious Orders are abolished. The conventual area is transformed into an episcopal palace.

19th century – By order of Fernando II the Pantheon of the House of Bragança is installed in the former monks’ refectory. The Monastery becomes the property of the State.

1952 – The former Chapter room is converted into the Pantheon of Patriarchs.

the surroundings

  • National Pantheon (500 m)
  • Fado Museum (600 m)
  • Lisbon Cathedral (850 m)
  • St. Anthony Church (950 m)
  • Church & Museum of São Roque (1,6 km)
  • Parreirinha de São Vicente (170 m)
  • Augusto Lisboa (200 m)
  • Damas (220 m)
  • Quase Café (260 m)
  • Copenhagen Coffee Lab (300 m)