Igreja do Carmo

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The Gothic lines of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel went up on the orders of Nun'ílvares Pereira, who helped Dom João I consolidate the rule of Portugal's second dynasty, the House of Avis. Pereira, known as the Condestável, or Constable, founded the church and attached convent to fulfil a pledge made before a battle, and was adamant in his choice of location - despite the nearby precipice and various false starts after foundations caved in. During the 1755 earthquake the roof fell in on a crowd of All Saints' Day worshippers, leaving the structure near collapse with only the walls and some vault ribbing still standing. Said by many to be the most beautiful church in Lisbon, it has been left roofless ever since. The Archaeological Museum, a ragbag of European finds, is at the far end of the church.

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Venue name: Igreja do Carmo
Contact:
Address: Lg do Carmo
Beja
1200-092
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat (to 7pm June-Sept)
Price: €3.50; €2 reductions; free under-16s