A handsome guard at the Carmo Square.

A handsome guard at the Carmo Square.

Here’s a convent that was a result of charity.

The nave and apse of Carmo Convent now form a small archaelogical museum. The building was built in the 1300s, but an earthquake 400 years later severely damaged it.

I bought a book about the Portuguese knight, Nuno Alvares Pereira, who built the convent. He became a wealthy army chief but later decided to donate his wealth for the convent. Soon he even became a monk.

I wonder if Nuno was inspired by his countryman Saint Anthony – who also turned his back from wealth to follow his faith?

Anyway, it was worth seeing this convent, which is now an archaelogical museum.

Inside there are artworks, sarcophagi, and even the most interesting mummy I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen Egyptian mummies, and a danish princess’ mummy before, but this mummy from Latin America in the convent  is crouching, with teeth and hair still intact. It’s a mummy of a child.

Carmo Convent is near Santa Justa Lift, and on a hill overlooking Rossio square (where public executions were done in the middle ages) and facing Lisbon Castle.