The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora is one of the ornate white buildings that you can see clearly from the ramparts of Saint George Castle.
The present monastery dates back to the 17th century, although the original church on the site goes much further, to the 12th century.
There are two main highlights. One is the exceptionally ornate sacristy, which features many different colored marbles (known as polychrome marble) to create ornately decorated walls that rise to an equally ornate painted ceiling.
The other popular highlight is the Braganza Pantheon, which is where the Portuguese kings of the House of Braganza are entombed.
Photos of the Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora
You can access the rooftop for some wonderful views out of the city and Tagus River.
Travel Advice for Portugal
You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Portugal (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.
Health & Vaccinations
The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Portugal here.
Guidebooks for Portugal
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Portugal. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Rick Steves Portugal
- Rick Steves
- Lonely Planet Portugal
- Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Kate Armstrong, Kerry Christiani, Marc Di Duca, Anja Mutic, Kevin Raub
- Portugal DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
- DK Travel
- Frommer s Portugal
- Paul Ames, Célia Pedroso
- The Rough Guide to Portugal Rough Guide To
- Rough Guides