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Carmo Archaeological Museum, Lisbon

By Tuesday, July 28, 2015 , ,

Lisbon's Carmo Archaeological Museum is housed in the ruins of a medieval convent partially destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. While some parts were rebuilt for other uses, most of it remained as ruins, the arches reaching towards the sky like stoney ribs, until 1864 when it was given to the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists.
 

The old apse chapels have become a museum for a very unusual collection, including objects from Portuguese history, but also some from further afield including one Egyptian and two pre-Colombian mummies. The museum explains that it wants to preserve parts of history that could easily be overlooked, deemed unimportant or destroyed, like the building itself.

It is quite small as parts of the original convent were rebuild for other purposes and are no longer associated with museum. Now it's about the size of a cathedral or other large church. Had I been there by myself (and had there not been road works just outside, it was so loud the woman selling tickets was wearing earplugs!) I would have liked to sketch the ruins, but otherwise you can see it quite quickly.




You can even see it from across the city

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  1. What a fascinating place! Did it feel.... sort of ghostly?

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  2. Imagine going to this place at night! Looks pretty scary haha. Cool place though!

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