Convento das Mónicas

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Convento das Mónicas
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Status Closed
Security class ?
Capacity ?
Opened 1917
Closed 1989
Managed by State-owned

Convento das Mónicas or Monica's convent, was an Augustinian nunnery founded in Lisbon in 1586 to the religious order of Saint Augustine, and named after his mother Saint Monica.

The convent was partially destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. After being rebuilt, it continued to serve its function as a convent until being dissolved in 1834 by the abolishing of the monastic orders.

In 1917, the building was converted to a female prison that was in use until 1989, when the structure was dismantled. It is currently used for cultural purposes.


One of the last inmates of the female prison was Dona Branca responsible for the 1980s Dona Branca's Ponzi scheme.