Sao Vicente de Fora

By Philippa Burne, UK, June 2012

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Just near Castelo de São Jorge, the castle on top of the hill in the Alfama district in Lisbon, is the impressive 17th century monastery and church of São Vincente de Fora. The massive building sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. The main late Renaissance (Mannerist) façade of the church is the result of King Phillip II of Spain wanting to make an impression when he ruled Portugal but there’s been a church here since the 12th century when Saint Vincent’s bones were brought to the city from the Algarve – he’s patron saint of Lisbon.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Portugal Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Portugal.

Photo courtesy of Alegna 13 via Wikipedia.

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