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Monuments in Lisboa
Largo da Luz
The church, which construction was ordered be the Infanta Dona Maria in 1575, suffered serious damages with the earthquake of 1755, resisting only the main-chapel, the cross arch and part of the walls of the body.
Built on the occasion of the Portuguese World Exhibition, the ostentatious Padrão, a work by Leopoldo de Almeida, rests on a compass rose and its design in the form of a caravel is imaginative. Inside the monument, an elevator goes up to the sixth floor, where you have access to a terrace from which you can get a fantastic panorama of the Tagus River and Belém. The attics house temporary exhibitions.
Rua do Ouro
This is one of the most eccentric buildings in the downtown area. The Santa Justa elevator allows those who are downtown, to access Bairro Alto (32 meters above) in a comfortable way. At the top of the tower, which can also be accessed via a spiral staircase, there is an outdoor cafe. From the terrace the view over Rossio, Baixa, Castelo and River Tagus is splendid.
Praça do Comércio
Located in downtown Pombalina, Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is an open, pedestrian space, with cafes and outdoor sales outlets. Highlights include the Arc de Triomphe, the equestrian statue of Dom José, by Machado de Castro and inaugurated in 1774, and the beautiful entrance to Lisbon, right in the river front.
Largo da Estrela
An imposing monument, inaugurated in 1789, whose facade has two twin bell towers and statues of saints and allegorical figures, including four statues that symbolize many other virtues: Faith, Devotion, Gratitude and Freedom. The building, with a single nave in the form of a Latin cross and with six chapels, is part of the Convent of the Santíssimo Coração de Jesus. The interior is spacious and majestic, with walls clad in gray, pink and yellow marble. You can visit a room where you can find an extraordinary set with more than 500 baked clay figures. It was the first church …
Largo da Sé, 1
It is a mixture of architectural styles, the result of the amount of times it has been restored. You can visit the Gothic cloister and the treasury, with a very varied collection of silver objects, ecclesiastical vestments, images, manuscripts and relics related to São Vicente. On the outside, the façade stands out, with a porch and portal with four primitive Romanesque archivolts.
Praça do Império
Exemplary monument of the grandeur of the Age of Discoveries, which is the maximum exponent of the Manueline style. The initial risk belongs to Boitaca, the architect who laid the foundations for the work. Built in limestone, it has a facade that exceeds 300 meters. Highlights include the exuberantly decorated south portico, which is one of the masterpieces of Flaming Gothic, and a double cloister considered one of the most beautiful in the world. A must-visit monument.
Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo
São Jorge Castle was the birthplace of Lisbon. Situated 111 meters above the waters of the Tagus, the castle and walls underwent successive adaptations over the centuries. The current appearance is that of a medieval building, with 10 square-shaped towers, where the ruins of the Royal Palace still remain. It is a pleasant space to stroll around, and for this purpose, you can choose either the gardens, which date back to 1942 and where geese and ducks roam, or the narrow alleys of the tiny neighborhood of Santa Cruz, located within the castle walls. Visitors can also climb the towers …
This work, a symbol of Portuguese expansion, is one of Lisbon's ex-libris. The exterior is decorated with carved stones and the Gothic hall is an austere space that was a weapons warehouse and prison. The tower's private premises are worth a visit for the Renaissance arcade and the panorama that can be seen from there.
Rua da Prata / Rua da Conceição, 52-66
Estas Galerias Romanas foram descobertas no subsolo da Baixa de Lisboa em 1771, na sequência do Terramoto de 1755, correspondendo a um criptopórtico, solução arquitetónica que cria uma plataforma horizontal de suporte à construção de edifícios de grande dimensão. No início do século XX, estas galerias ficaram conhecidas como Conservas de Água da Rua da Prata, por serem utilizadas pela população como cisterna. Quando se encontram fechadas, têm um nível de água superior a um metro de altura, sendo, por isso, necessária uma operação de bombeamento da água para se aceder ao seu interior. O acesso às Galerias é feito …