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.
- Sao Jorge's Castle
- The Monuments of Portugal’s Discoveries
- The Jerónimos Monastery
SAO JORGE'S CASTLE
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
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.
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.
|Basílica da Estrela|
|Sé, Lisbon's Catedral|
|Down Town, Comércio Square|
|The Sanctuary of Cristo Rei|
|Museum of Ancient Art|
|National Tile Museum|
|Chalet Countess d'Edla|
You can also enjoy
Panoramic Bus Tour through Lisbon streets and tipycal neighbourhoods
River Boat Tour on the Tagus river with lunch on board
Fado Nights | Theatres | Concerts