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Things to do in Lisbon

Launchpad of the Great Epic of the Ocean! The capital city of Portugal, dying and living with the Ocean. A city of red-tiled rooftops and imposing palaces, churches, theaters and museums; an authentic city with excellent seafood.

Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and also the largest city in Portugal. The city is spread across the steep hillsides which overlook the amazing Rio Tejo, and has successfully captivated the interests of visitors for centuries. The city is revealed in its full glory in the shape of windswept vistas, with Moorish and Roman ruins, various white domed cathedrals and sun drenched cafes and grand plazas galore! Popularly known for its beautiful blend of ancient European architecture and contemporary art, Lisbon is one of the most scenic capitals of Europe. Gel in with the locals, satisfy your taste buds with scrumptious food, or capture portraits in front of the mighty constructions; the list of things to do in Lisbon is never ending. Visit the Vasco da Gama Tower or enjoy its spectacular view while riding the sky capsules. Rua Garett is one of the most happening places for events and things to do in Lisbon. You will meet a number of local artists and tour guides here. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a unique treasury for art hunters. From paintings to sculptures, the museum has encapsulated ancient and modern art under one roof. If you want to know about local culture and things to do in Lisbon then visit the Victorian Style. These ancient trams cruise through the local streets and offer a spectacular view of the pastel-color houses. The Lisbon Oceanarium is a beautiful collection of Portuguese aquatic life. The daytime is ideal to absorb the mightiness of ancient European architecture, but make sure to spare some time at night to enjoy the sizzling nightlife, to try out unique food served in local cafes and bars, and for nightlife fun among other things to do in Lisbon.


Places to Visit in Lisbon


The outskirts of the city reveal enchanting woodlands, fascinating seaside villages and gorgeous beaches. The city is also recognized as a global one on account of its playing an important role in the media, finance, arts, entertainment, commerce, international trade, tourism and education sectors. Being one of the major economic centers in the continent, Lisbon holds great attraction as a financial center and is a spot of beauty. If you are looking for places to visit in Lisbon then start your tour from the Belem Tower. Built in the early 16th century, the tower is popular for its significant role in the Age of Discoveries era. For a bird eye view of the Lisbon rooftop, the Santa Justa Elevator is amongst the ideal places to visit in Lisbon. The National Tile Museum or Museu Nacional do Azulejo houses almost all types of European mosaic tiles. You will also learn about the history of mosaic tile development in Portugal. Souvenirs, one of the most important things to do in Lisbon to reminscise your tour, are equally important in the Portuguese culture. For souvenirs and authentic local collections, visit Feira da Ladra. A city known for preserving religious and spiritual Christian history, Lisbon boasts a good number of Catholic churches. The Romanesque Se Cathedral is tourists’ heaven, especially if you want to visit the Cathedral for sightseeing as well. The UNESCO World Heritage site, Monastry of St Jerome exhibits an innovative and unique architecture. Make sure to try out the Portuguese Tart, the Pasties de Belem from nearby shops while paying a visit to the church.

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The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension style bridge which was made to connect Lisbon, which is the capital in Portugal, to the Almada municipality. It is located on the southern bank of the famous Tejo River. The bridge was inaugurated in 1966. There was an addition of a train platform to it in 1999.

Being the suspension bridge with the same coloring and features as the much famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the 25 de Abril Bridge is often compared with its sister bridge. This bridge was designed and built by the company called the American Bridge Company, which also designed the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

Both locals and tourists are impressed by this bridge since it has the total designed length of 2,277 m and is suitably enough, known to be the 27th largest bridge in suspension design to be built in the entire world. The bridge has been designed with an upper deck which has the capacity to carry 6 car lanes. The lower deck of the bridge has been made to carry two train tracks which have been electrified up to 25 kV AC.

Up until 1974, the suspension bridge was called as Salazar Bridge. The new name of 25 de Abril actually commemorates the recognition of the Carnation Revolution. With a total height of 190.47m, the towers are the tallest structures in all of Portugal, and are thus, a magnificent site to behold while being a busy thoroughfare.

To this day, the Ajuda National Palace remains a structure from the neoclassical era which is a reminder of that time within the parish in Ajuda located in Lisbon. It is in the center of Portugal. This grand palace has been constructed on the original site of the temporarily designed wooden building made for the Royal family at the time of the 1755 tsunami and earthquake. The palace construction was originally designed by Manuel Caetano de Sousa. He started off with the design of a late Baroque Rococo styled building.

Later, the task of constructing the palace was given to José da Costa e Silva along with Francisco Xavier Fabri. Both of them designed a magnificent palace in the amazing modern neoclassical architectural style. The palace has an irregular rectangular building structure, which has been divided into 4 wings, all around a quadrangle which has been paved with the Portuguese calcada with beautiful geometric designs. The western wing is still incomplete.

The south and eastern wings have been occupied by different museum exhibitions, which present the Palace of Ajuda in its complete splendor and glory. The northern wing of the palace is a sight for tourists as there are installations done by the Institute of Museums and Conservation, the Institute for Architectural Management and Archeological Heritage, the Ajuda library and the gallery for temporary exhibits. The palace is a structure on an inclined land and has a two to three storey design. It is a major attraction for tourists who marvel at the grandeur of the rooms which had once been in use by the royal family.

Also known as the Royal Basilica and the famous Covenant of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Estrela Basilica is an old Carmelite convent within the heart of Lisbon, Portugal. This magnificent piece of architectural and historical beauty was made on the orders of Queen Maria I of Portugal. It was a sign of a promise fulfilled by the queen for giving birth to her son.

The church is officially known by the name of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The construction work was started in the year 1779, and the work on the basilica was finally completed in 1790. The Estrela Basilica has the distinction of being the first ever church in world history to be duly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church has been constructed with the architectural style of a huge building having a large dome and is built within a hill. Around the time that the basilica was made, the hill was in the western section of Lisbon. It can be seen from afar. The architectural style and design of the church is quite similar to that of the Mafra National Palace, and is a perfect specimen of neoclassical and Baroque architecture.

The front of the building has 2 bell towers, which include some statues of saints. There are also other allegoric figures in them. The floor and walls have been decorated with yellow, pink and grey marble, featuring different geometric patterns, making it a most beautiful church in all of Europe. Beautiful paintings and statues are a sight for tourists and a great attraction for all.

Also known as the National Palace of Belem, this beautiful building has been the official residence of different Portuguese monarchs and the presidents of the Portuguese Republic after the installation of the First Republic.
The palace is located in the civil parish of the popular Santa Maria de Belem, and has been constructed on a small hill that is in front of the Praca Afonso de Albuquerque. It is near to the famous historical center of Belem, and the famed Monastery of the Jeronimos. It is also built close to the waterfront attractions of the Tagus River.
There are 5 buildings which make up the main façade of the palace. The construction dates back to the second half of the 17th century when the place was built for the nobility and the monarchs trying to escape the urbanized confines of Lisbon city.

The palace has an L shaped building, which has a main space located within the rectangular three volume spacing built in the southern façade. The front, which actually faces the formal gardens, presents an image of 5 bodies which are flanked by wedges, actually surmounted by pinnacles. The architecture is a mixture of Baroque and Mannerist styles, which has a main central body that has different floor level arcades. These arcades have been made over a colonnade gallery which has been surmounted by a triangular pediment duly decorated in stucco. The entire palace is a beautiful sight, and thus, a major attraction for all tourists and locals alike.

Also referred to as the Tower of Vincent, the Belem Tower is a fully fortified fortress that is located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belem, within the municipality of Lisbon in Portugal. The tower is a well known UNESCO World Heritage site on account of the important role it played at the time of the Portuguese maritime discoveries, made in the era of the Age of Discoveries.
This tower was actually commissioned by King John II to be included as part of a defense system, built right at the mouth of the Tagus River, which served as a ceremonial gateway to the city of Lisbon. The Belem Tower was built in the early part of the 16th century, and serves as a prominent example of the famous architectural style of Portuguese Manueline. The tower also presents hints of certain other architectural styles in its overall structure as well.

The tower structure was built with lioz limestone, and consists of a bastion with a four storey tower which is 30 m tall. Contrary to different myths and stories, the tower was built on the site of a small island located within the Tagus River, near the Lisbon shore.

The singular Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline architectural style of the 16th century tower is evident in the elaborate rib vaulting, armillary spheres along with the twisted rope, crosses depicting the sign of the Order of Christ, and the nautically inspired as well as the common organic Manueline architectural style. This tower is a great attraction for tourists, telling many tales of historical happenings and intrigue within its walls.

This museum hosts exhibitions of contemporary and modern art in the district of Belem within Lisbon Portugal. It was actually started in 2006, and was the result of an initiation of the Foundation of Modern and Contemporary Art but the place was officially inaugurated in 2007, and the museum has been named after Jose Berardo, and his magnificent Berardo collection.

This famous museum is located at the popular Exhibition Center of the Centro Cultural de Belem. There are a total of more than 1000 works of art which are put on permanent display along with other temporary exhibitions. The Berardo Collection Museum was opened for the public eye in the April of 2011.

The museum is located at the Cultural Centrum of Belem which is the center of modern cultural life in Lisbon. Right across the street, there is the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Tourists and locals can pay the museum a visit to see a rotation of exhibitions of different artistic movements, which successfully integrate the collection of artistic works duly valued by the auction house of Christies.

The art collection in the museum is the perfect specimen of the fine pieces from the 20th and 21st century. There are also art pieces to be found here, of American and European art. The art collection covers movements from hyper realism, surrealism, minimalist art, pop art to conceptual art. All of this art is presented in different media, giving tourists and visitors much to see and do in this museum.

This historical building in Lisbon Portugal is nothing less exciting than a medieval convent. This old building was ruined in the earthquake which rocked Lisbon in 1755. The gothic church linked with the convent was also left to ruins after the natural disaster. These two buildings still mark the remembrance of the great quake which rocked the city to its foundations.
This convent is located in the neighborhood of Chiado that is built on a hill which overlooks the Rossio square. It also faces the Lisbon Castle Hill. Carmo Convent is built in front of the quiet square of Carmo Square that is quite close to the Santa Justa Lift. These days, the ruins of the Carmo Church are displayed as the remains of an archaeological museum, also called as the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

The church and the convent were originally built between the time period of 1389 and 1423. Both these buildings had a plain Gothic style which was typical of the mendicant religious orders. One can also find influences from the Monastery of Batalha, which was found by King George I. in comparison to some other churches of the city, the Carmo church is said to have the most imposing and gothic style than any of the others of that time. The old convent is located to the right side of the church façade. It was rebuilt in the particular neo gothic style within the early 20th century, and is a great site for visit for tourists and visitors alike.

It is a beautiful Moorish castle set on top of a hilltop which affords a commanding view. This magnificent piece of architecture overlooks the center of the Portuguese city of Lisbon and the Tagus River, which has great historical significance. The strong and fortified citadel of the castle actually dates back to the medieval period of the celebrated Portuguese history, and is thus, a famous tourist site in Lisbon city.

Located in the very center of the city, the castle is built atop an escarpment. Many of the castle walls extend around the citadel right into the civil parishes which surround it to the south and to the east. The castle has a rough square structure, and the original plan included a wall which encircled it from all sides like a citadel. The entire castle complex consists of some ancillary buildings, the main castle itself, and gardens, along with a large terraced square which reveals a breathtaking panorama of Lisbon city.

The remains of the famous royal palace are found near the main square, but remains of only a few walls and some rebuilt rooms like the famous Casa Ogival can be found. This place now hosts a popular multimedia show about the history of the city, called the Olissiponia. The medieval castle is built towards the northwest corner of the citadel building, at its highest point. All the fascinating remains of the castle and its engaging history can be enjoyed by visitors who travel to the site.

It is a 17th century monument located within the city of Lisbon. What was originally a church; was actually converted into a National Pantheon, in the 20th century. Many important Portuguese personalities are buried here. The Church Of Santa Engracia is located in the neighborhood of Alfama, and is also quite close to another significant Lisbon monument, that is, the Monastery of Sao Vicente De Fora.

An ingenious design was prepared by Joao Antunes for the Santa Engracia church. The design was something which had never before been attempted in Portugal. The old church thus, has a centralized floorplan, designed in the shape of a Greek cross. On each corner of the building is a square tower, with incomplete pinnacles. The facades are made ondulated with the Baroque designs popular of Borromini. The main façade of the structure has an entrance hall, with three niches that have statues in them.

The church is entered by a magnificent baroque portal which has two angels holding up the Portugal coat of arms. The high central dome of the church was completed in the 20th century. The interior of the church has harmonious designs decorated by the curved spaces of the naves and central crossing. The walls and floors are decorated with the polychromed baroque marble patterns. The amazing architecture of the church is a sight for all art and architecture enthusiasts who wish to marvel at the detailed work of great artists of that time.

The Electricity Museum in Lisbon is a cultural centre which effectively presents the evolution of energy with the industrial archaeology and museum of science concept. Many themed as well as experimental exhibits are found side by side along with a variety of great cultural events.

The museum is located within the Belem area on the Lisbon terrain that was usurped from the Tagus River. The museum was founded in the city area which had other great historical monuments near it, including, the tower of Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Belem Cultural Center.

The building is also referred to as the Public Interest Project, and is present along the perimeter of the old thermoelectric plant in the city. The building was opened as a museum in the year 1990. Within a period of 10 years, the equipment and buildings underwent a rehabilitation process and were finally opened in 2006, as a fully renovated museum with new museum proposals and discourse.

The multidisciplinary nature of the museum draws in many visitors to enjoy different events, which include the permanent museum exhibit of the work environment and operation of the Tejo power station, all of which is demonstrated using the actual machinery. Different temporary exhibits along with educational spaces and energy focused demonstrations complete the museum exhibit. Visitors frequently swarm in to enjoy the show and exhibits in the city.