Gothic Cloister

Alfama, Castelo & Graça

History buffs shouldn’t miss the less-visited Gothic cloister inside Sé de Lisboa, which opens onto a deep pit full of archaeological excavations going back more than 2000 years. However, €5-million renovation works expected to last at least two years have temporarily shuttered the area since late 2017. A new museum is planned, as well as the end of excavations that began in 1990 (they were halted from 2004 to 2011).

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1. Treasury

The treasury inside Sé de Lisboa showcases religious artwork.

2. Sé de Lisboa

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3. Museu do Aljube

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4. Museu do Teatro Romano

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6. Igreja da Conceição Velha


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8. Miradouro de Santa Luzia

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From bougainvillea-clad Miradouro de Santa Luzia, your gaze drifts over a mosaic of rooftops and spires to the river below.