São Vicente de Fora

São Vicente de Fora

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The Monastery of São Vicente de Fora was built by order of King Afonso Henriques, on the site of the cemetery of the German crusaders who had helped the King in the reconquest of Lisbon, in 1147. The Convent was offered to the Order of the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, and was called de fora (“outside”) because it was located outside the ancient Moorish Enclosure. Saint Anthony of Lisbon professed here as a canon regular around 1210. The church still keeps the tomb of Teresa Taveira, the Saint’s mother, as well as the place of the Saint’s cell. The current building was built in 1582, in a Mannerist style, by King Filipe I of Portugal, according to the plan by Filippo Terzi, with the collaboration of Juan de Herrera. In the church, the highlights are the main altarpiece topped with a Baroque baldachin, the altarpieces of the side-ai See more


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