The hauntingly beautiful Convento de Carmo is one of my favorite places to visit in Lisbon. This gothic building was practically destroyed by the great earthquake that struck Lisbon on All Saints Day in 1755. Today, the foundation, many of the buttresses, and pillars of the structure still proudly stand as a tribute to the past.
The Convento de Carmo welcomes visitors to roam the grounds and the archeological museum. It’s absolutely breathtaking standing the in the middle of the grounds and exposed to the elements. There’s a certain grace and stillness to the entire place even though it stands in the middle of the city.
The archeological museum boasts an impressive collection of baroque azulejo tile panels, pre-Columbian artifacts, a collection of Roman Moorish pieces, and even some pre-historic finds. The mummified remains of a young boy and girl from Peru and the numerous covered stairwells leading to underground crypts captivated all of us during our exploration of this amazing site.
Dorothy Hoffman is the creator of the travel blog, Squirts and Seniors. She is a Gen X-er who writes about traveling at home and abroad with her young son and aging parents.