It’s one of those places that everyone must visit during their stay in Portugal’s capital.
The square is known for its strong connection to history, especially during the Age of Discoveries, when Portuguese explorers set off on their voyages around the world. The site was originally home to an old convent built by King Dinis I back in 1290 and dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, hence its name “Largo do Carmo” (Carmel Square).
In 1755, a great earthquake destroyed much of Lisbon and left only two walls standing at Largo do Carmo – these can still be seen today as part of the ruins, which are now preserved as a national monument. The remaining walls have become something like an outdoor museum, with artifacts from various periods throughout history being displayed inside them.
Today, visitors to this picturesque spot will find it bustling with activity; there are plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine while admiring views across Lisbon rooftops or out towards the Tagus River estuary beyond. There’s also plenty going on within Largo itself – street performers often take up residence here offering entertainment for passers-by whilst vendors sell souvenirs such as postcards featuring iconic images from around Portugal including monuments like Torre de Belém or Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries).
If you’re looking for some culture then head over to Museu da Cidade which is situated just opposite Largo do Carmo – this museum houses collections related to Portuguese art, archaeology, and architecture from different eras so make sure you pay it a visit if you want more insight into local history. And finally don’t forget about Sunday morning flea markets held right here – they offer everything from vintage clothing pieces through antiques books all the way up handmade jewelry so make sure not miss out.