The history of the Portuguese nation vibrates within the city of the seven hills. Lisbon is divided between the modernity of places like the Parque das Nações, which showed the Expo'98 to the world, and the typical neighborhoods, like Alfama and Bairro Alto, that perpetuate the tradition of Santo António marches. Or the conviviality of the Centro Cultural de Belém with the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The views over the Tagus river from the top of Castelo de São Jorge are unforgettable. The monuments of the Portuguese capital give the opportunity for the visitors to meet a unique historical heritage. In addition to those already referred to, also the Igreja de Santo António (matchmaker saint), the Águas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon's Cathedral, the Belém Palace, the Basilica da Estrela, the Ajuda National Palace and even the Assembleia da República building are important to be mentioned. The city has much to offer in cultural terms. Some of these cultural events take place in buildings that deserve a visit themselves, like the Teatro de São Carlos and the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. The Museu dos Coches (Carriages Museum), the Museu Nacional de História Natural (Natural History National Museum), the Museu de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art Museum) and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum) are proofs of the existing cultural diversity. And then there's the Museum of Fado, which recalls the tradition of this music style in the Portuguese capital. The Jardim Zoológico (Zoo) and the Oceanário (Aquarium) are also must-see places, as these include programs for the whole family without an age-limit. In a tour through the Baixa pombalina, check the Santa Justa elevator, which is waiting for a visit and wishes to share its magnificent views over the city with you. This is where international gastronomic influences settled first, thanks for it being the country's capital. Hence there is a huge choice of flavors from all around the world, including the national ones, in the many existing restaurants. However, one can say that the snails and the pastéis de Belém (typical egg tart pastry) are among the more typical Lisboa delicacies.
What to do in Lisboa
Torre de Belém
This work, a symbol of the Portuguese expansion, is the city ex-libris. The exterior is decorated with shaped stones and the gothic salon is an austere space that was once a storage room and a prison. The private dependencies are worthy of notice for its renaissance arcade and the panoramic view.
Basílica da Estrela
An imponent monument, opened in 1789, with four statues, symbolizing the virtues, standing out: Faith, Devotion, Gratitude and Freedom. The building is integrated in the set of the Santíssimo Coração de Jesus Convent. The inside is large and majestic, with the walls covered with grey, rose and yellow marbles. It was the first church in the world devoted to the …
Praça do Comércio / Terreiro do Paço
Located at the downtown, the Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço is an open, pedestrian space, with cafés and out of doors sale. The Arco do Triunfo, the equestrian statue of Dom José and the beautiful entrance in Lisbon, right in front of the river are worthy of notice.
Centro Cultural de Belém
This is a modern building, opened in 1990, placed between the Jerónimos Monastery and the river. It began being the headquarters of the Portuguese Presidence of the European Union and became a cultural centre in 1993. At the pavilion reserved for temporary exhibitions occur musical, theatre and photography events.
Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge
A privileged place to view the city of Lisbon. The views are amazing from wherever one stands on the walls and one may even use the periscope, located in the Tower of Ulysses, so as to view things in more detail. It is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Sé de Lisboa
It is a mixture of architectonical styles, as a result of several remodelling. You may visit the gothic cloister and the treasure, with a collection of varied silver objects, vestments, images, manuscripts and relics related to Saint Vicente. The front has a church porch and a portal with four primitive Romanic archivolts.
Oceanário de Lisboa
Planed by the north-American architect Peter Chermayeff, is “moored” at the Olivais Dock, at the Parque das Nações. It was one of the main attractions of the Expo 98 and, since then, it became one of the most emblematic places of the city. In this “global ocean” are recreated four different habitats – the north Atlantic, the mild Pacific, the …
Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa
Opened in 1884, the zoological garden of Lisbon lodges, at present, about 2 thousand animals of 380 species. The main attractions are the dolphins’ bay that imitates a typical fishing village, the small farm where the country atmosphere is created, the reptilian with different kinds of reptiles’ species and the rope-way that takes you on a relaxed journey through the …
Museu Nacional dos Coches
Located by the river Tagus, in the western area of Lisbon, the National Coach Museum occupies the premises formerly belonging to the Oficinas Gerais do Exército (old General Military Workshops). The Royal Riding School, which used to belong to the Royal Palace of Belém, can still be visited as an exhibition nucleus of the National Coach Museum.
Castelo de São Jorge
The São Jorge Castle was the cradle of Lisbon. 111 meters above the Tagus water level, the castle and the walls suffered several adaptations along the centuries. The present look is of one medieval construction, where there are still the ruins of the royal palace. It is a nice place to take a walk in the gardens or in the …
Parque Eduardo VII
A park with 26 ha, located at the top of the Liberdade Avenue. Its present shape is by Keil do Amaral (1945). It has a central grass border, sided by a Portuguese stone-paved walkway. Here are varied sculptures, an esplanade, a lake and a belvedere. The Estufa Fria (greenhouse), with a large variety of plants coming from several parts of …
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Exemplar Monument of the Discoveries period glory, the maximum exponent of the Manueline style. The original drawing is by Boitaca, the architect that started the work. Built in blue limestone, it shows a façade with more than 300 meters. The south portico, with an exuberant decoration, is one of the master pieces of the flaming gothic, and the double cloister …
Centro Interpretativo da Ponte 25 de Abril - Experiência Pilar 7
The Interpretive Center of the 25 de Abril Bridge (Pilar 7 Experience) offers a unique discovery of the 25 de Abril Bridge. The experience culminates with the ascension, through an elevator, to a panoramic viewpoint, which is up to the …
Obelisco dos Restauradores
Located at the Praça dos Restauradores, it was built in 1886, pay homage to those who died during the Restauração War. The Bronze figures on the pedestal symbolize the victory and the liberty. The names and dates on the lateral …
Pastéis de Belém
Founded in 1837 it is the most famous house specialized in pastéis de nata (traditional pastry). Open from 8h to 23h.
Cordoaria Nacional / Fábrica Nacional da Cordoaria
The building, founded in the reign of D. José, in 1771, is also known Cordoaria Nacional, Real Cordoaria da Junqueira, or Real Fábrica da Cordoaria da Junqueira.
Aqueduto das Águas Livres
Huge work that crosses the Alcântara valley, being that the most visible part of this monument are the 14 arches. At the end of the aqueduct rises a structure with a castle shape called the Mãe d’àgua of the Amoreiras. …
Palácio Nacional 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 …
Palácio Nacional de Belém
Its construction was ordered by Dom João V in 1726 and it suffered important remodelling works during the XIX century. The Palace gardens, with statues and lakes are worthy of notice. After the Republic Implantation, this elegant pink house became …
Museu do Fado / Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa
Museum dedicated to the fado history and its most famous figures. The collection, with 8000 pieces (relics, treasures and other curiosities), is divided by several exhibition nucleuses. It also has a documentation centre, an auditorium, a thematic shop and a …
Arco da Rua Augusta
The Arco do Triunfo is located at the Augusta Street. It is a work from the XVIII century which symbolizes the city recovery after the earthquake in 1755.
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