In 1755 on November 1st, the King and his family were at the 9:00 mass at the Carmo Cathedral with hundreds of residents of Lisbon. It was a holy day.
Within minutes the ground began to shake and a devastating earthquake totally destroyed this ancient capital city. Then a tsunami swept the area and fires began. The fires lasted for three days. Thousands of Lisboans perished in the quake.
While visiting Portugal my husband and I explored the remains of this Carmo church in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon. It was difficult to imagine the demise of so many people as boulders and glass rained down on them.
These ruins are now a museum that has been left as it was after the hurricane clean-up. I tried to picture this majestic 14th century Cathedral as it was before this catastrophe.
We took the Santa Justa Elevador to ascend to the Bairro Alto district. The view of this cosmopolitan city from the top should not be missed
We used our Lisboa Card for a 20% discount of the entry price at the Carmo and a free ride on the elevator. You can purchase a card at any Information Center. We went to the center at the bottom of the Avenida Liberdade. (The card provides free rides on Metros, buses, trolleys, and elevators, and discounts at many museums).
After the museum, we had lunch at the Cervejaria de Trinidade, a 17th century monastery's brewery that is convenient to the Museum. We had delicious Portuguese fare.