Lisbon, Portugal - 12. October 2015. Interiors of the roofless Carmo Convent in Lisbon, ruined by the earthquake
Travel, Building Exterior, Nave, Convent, Gothic Style, Blue, Damaged, Open, Construction Industry, Architecture, Outdoors, Image, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe, Earthquake, Sky, Roof, Cathedral, Church, Old Ruin, Built Structure, Carmo, roofless

© iStock

Convento do Carmo & Museu Arqueológico

Top choice in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Soaring above Lisbon, the skeletal Convento do Carmo was all but devoured by the 1755 earthquake, and that's precisely what makes it so captivating. Its shattered pillars and wishbone-like arches are completely exposed to the elements. The Museu Arqueológico shelters archaeological treasures, such as 4th-century sarcophagi, griffin-covered column fragments, 16th-century azulejo (hand-painted tile) panels and two gruesome 16th-century Peruvian mummies.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré attractions

1. Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas

0.07 MILES

The eye-catching Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas dates to 1864. Its trompe l’œil azulejos (hand-painted tiles) depict allegorical figures and the elements.

2. Elevador de Santa Justa

0.07 MILES

If the lanky, wrought-iron Elevador de Santa Justa seems uncannily familiar, it’s probably because the neo-Gothic marvel is the handiwork of Raul Mésnier,…

3. Rossio

0.14 MILES

Simply known as Rossio to locals, Praça Dom Pedro IV has 24-hour buzz. Shoeshiners, lottery-ticket sellers, hash-peddlers and office workers drift across…

5. Igreja & Museu São Roque

0.18 MILES

The plain facade of 16th-century Jesuit Igreja de São Roque belies its dazzling interior of gold, marble and Florentine azulejos – bankrolled by Brazilian…

6. Praça da Figueira

0.18 MILES

Praça da Figueira is framed by whizzing traffic, Pombaline town houses and alfresco cafes with stellar views of hilltop Castelo de São Jorge. At its…

7. Igreja de São Domingos

0.22 MILES

It’s a miracle that this baroque church dating to 1241 still stands, having barely survived the 1755 earthquake, then fire in 1959. Its sea of tea lights…