Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is known as the white city, thanks to its unique lights. The country of the great explorers, with great history, culture and wonderful attractions for every age is awaiting for your visit in any time of the year.
Allow yourself to be caught in the toils by the constant presence of sunshine in Lisbon, by the cobbled streets that bring back historical experiences at a genuine level, by the vibrant nightlife and the cafes, restaurants, parks and gardens surrounded by unique monuments.
Don’t miss the personal experience awaiting for you in Lisbon, Portugal:
The Torre de Belém
This is by far the most iconic monument in Lisbon, built in the Tagus river in the 16th century, with a protective role. The elegant tower was designed in the new Manueline architecture style, with exuberant decorations and ornaments. It has a six-sided base and the terrace above the basement hosts a statue of St. Mary with child, meant to protect the Portuguese seamen. There is a second terrace on top of the upper floor, from where you can see the Tagus river and the Belém in the most breathtaking image.
The Se Cathedral of Lisbon
This is one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating from the 12th century, in a Romanesque character.
The interior is laid as a Latin cross, and you will find here several tombs also, the most notable one being the tomb of Lopo Fernandes Pacheco and his wife in the seventh chapel. If you are looking for this chapel, you will have to search the name Capela de Santo Ildefonso.
The cathedral also hosts a treasury which contains a collection of relics, silver, statues and manuscripts, and it is also said that the remains of St. Vincent of Saragossa, are also buried in this cathedral. They say that the saint’s body was guarded by ravens after his death, even the boat that was transporting his body was apparently guarded by these birds. Therefore, the raven became Lisbon’s symbol.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos (monument to the Discoveries)
Portugal is well know to be a country of great explorations, and this monument was built in memory of Henry the Navigator, a great Portuguese explorer.
The monument is 52 meters high, shaped like a ship’s prow, and you will see more than 30 statues on it, of people who had a great influence on the discoveries. A wind rose is to be admired at the foot of this monument, with a map of the world in the center, marking the great Portuguese explorations. The monument also contains a museum, exhibition halls, etc. displayed over seven floors. The view from the top is absolutely fascinating.
It is a popular meeting place and you will find here numerous cafes, restaurants and shops. The Café Nicola, and Café Suiça, popular for its outdoor terrace are two of the most renowned places here. A twenty-three meter tall column with a statue of Dom Pedro IV, a king of Portugal and the first emperor of Brazil, will impress you for sure here. Take a stroll on the pedestrianized center of the square, admire the two fountains on the sides of the column, and the National Theatre where the Inquisition had its courts and where many so-called heretics were burned at the stake. The Rossio Station is a beautiful railway station here, with an amazing facade.
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
It is considered one of Lisbon’s most impressive buildings, it was built in the 16th century and it is said that Vasco da Gama prayed here before leaving for the Indies. The church contains the tombs of kings and queens, also the tomb of Vasco da Gama and poet Luís de Camões. The cloister here is also worth seeing, it is profusely decorated with rich Manueline motifs. The West wing houses the Museum of Archeology and theMaritime museum.
The Elevador de Santa Justa
This is an iron elevator dating from the 19th century was built to connect the Baixa district with the higher situated Bairro Alto district. It is 45 meters tall, with Gothic style windows and one of the “must see” landmarks of Lisbon. With Bungalow.Net’s holiday homes in Portugal you will have the time of your life!
The Castelo de São Jorge
A former residence of the Portuguese monarch, this medieval castle is located on top of the highest hill in Lisbon. The castle is enclosed by walls from where you have the most amazing view over Lisbon. As you enter the castle you get to an open plaza with a statue of Portugal’s first king, then passing a beautiful garden you get to the fortified citadel and the 11 towers. The central tower is the Torre de Ulísses with the camera obscura, invented by Leonardo da Vinci. On the towers walls the camera obscura projects live images from around the city. The archaeological site nearby is also worth a visit.
Lisbon has numerous other attractions like Praça do Comércio, the Pena National Palace, the National Azulejo Museum, The Ponte 25 de Abril, the National Pantheon, the Basilica da Estreia, the Vasco da Gama Tower, the Jardim Botânico d’Ajuda and the list can go on.
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