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Museum Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

Local name: Convento de São Vicente de Fora

The monastery and church of Saint Vincent of Zaragoza is located on the Alfama hill. It is a mannerist, extensive building with a harmonious facade of the church decorated with two towers. It has been the pantheon of the Royal Braganca family since the 19th century.

Alfama Monastery was founded in the 12th century. He was the main place of worship of Saint Vincent, patron of Lisbon. The current monastery building and church began to be built in the second half of the 16th century. Due to the lack of funds and downtime, the work lasted about two hundred years. When the order was dissolved in the nineteenth century, the monastery began to serve as a bishop's palace, and over time King Ferdinand II made it a royal mausoleum.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the building underwent a complete renovation. It is the largest and most important monument of Mannerist art in Portugal. The storey, symmetrical facade is divided by pilasters. The monastery corridors are decorated with mosaics made of azulejos tiles. They depict scenes from the Holy Bible, but also from the stories of La Fontaine.

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Largo de São Vicente 1100-572 Lisbon , Portugal