"Lisbon with History"

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Lisbon is considered by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with about a thousand years of history, this genuine destination features noble monuments and typical neighbourhoods among other treasures.

Lisbon “The Illuminated City” where the Tagus river and the sun is almost always present, make the Portuguese capital a mirror of colour and architectural beauty.

With a world of possibilities, each visitor have always so much to see and do.
We recommend:

 

  • Sao Jorge's Castle
  • The Monuments of Portugal’s Discoveries
  • The Jerónimos Monastery

 

SAO JORGE'S CASTLE

The Castle stands on the highest hill of Lisbon in the parish of Santa Maria Maior, named in honour of São Jorge the patron saint of knights and crusades.

Dating back to the age of iron, VI century BC, the castle exhibits traces of the Phoenicians,Greeks, Romans and Arab people who passed there during different times.

Before the implementation of the Portuguese Republic, the São Jorge's Castle was declared a National monument in 1940 and suffered renovations until 1990.

Due to the privileged location and the many viewpoints, the castle offers us unique and majestic panoramas of the city over the Tagus river. It is one most sought sites by visitors in the capital of Portugal.

MONUMENT TO THE DISCOVERIES

This monument is located in Belém on the right side of the river Tagus, recalling the Portuguese maritime expansion, it was built to honour all those great explorers who were involved in the age of the discoveries.

The monument was ordered by António Oliveira Salazar's regime and conceived by Arq. CottinelliTelmo, followed by the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, it was raised for the first time in 1940 with iron, wood and cement structure. It was rebuilt in concrete and stone masonry only in 1960 during the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Infante D. Henrique.

In 1985 it opened as the cultural centre of the Age of Discoveries, the interior was refurbished, including a belvedere an auditorium and a hall for exhibitions.

The Monument of the Discoveries synthesizes the Portuguese glorious past and symbolizes the greatness of Infante D. Henrique the navigator and visionary of the Age of Discoveries.

With the shape of caravel, adorned with various sculptures including 32 representative figures recalling the age of discoveries, on the prow Infante D. Henrique, on either side navigators, cartographers, explorers, artists, missionaries, the poet Camões and the Lusíadas book, the painter Nuno Gonçalves, on the floor a compass rose with 50 m in diameter, a dotted mappa mundi with caravels and mermaids showing the Portuguese discovery routes between the XV and XVI century.

JERÓNIMOS MONASTERY

The late Gothic Manueline style Monastery is located in Belém at the entrance of the Tagus river, it was ordered built by King Manuel I shortly after Vasco da Gama returned from his quest to India.

It is a monumental testimony to the wealth of the discoveries, built from the spice trade profits.

The decorative representations of animals and exotic plants are based on the sailors observations made during their trips.

The monument was considered World Heritage by UNESCO and was appointed one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

OTHER SUGGESTIONS

Belém Tower
Basílica da Estrela
Sé, Lisbon's Catedral
Down Town, Comércio Square
The Sanctuary of Cristo Rei
Navy Museum
Costume Museum
Coach Museum
Museum of Ancient Art
National Tile Museum
Electricity Museum
Air Museum
Sea Museum
Lisbon Oceanarium
Capucho's Convent
Monserrate's Park
Chalet Countess d'Edla

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You can also enjoy

  • Panoramic Bus Tour through Lisbon streets and tipycal neighbourhoods
  • River Boat Tour on the Tagus river with lunch on board
  • Lisbon's  Casino
  • Fado Nights | Theatres | Concerts
 

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Amoreira, 2510-402 Óbidos

Portugal

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