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Monuments in Lisboa
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.
Rua da Igreja
The construction of this church, devoted to the Holly Family, began in 1947. In following years were promoted fund-raising campaigns to repair works.
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 …
Largo da Ajuda
Built to replace the “Real Barraca”, its construction began in 1795. Although it is unfinished, it is the biggest royal residence in Lisbon. This is an opulent monumnet where you may visit the halls decorated with silk tapestry, Sévres porcelain and crystal spiders.
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.
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.
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.
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.