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  • 1 Hieronymite Monastery: Cloister Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P - Lisboa

    This masterpiece of Manueline art is of dazzling sculptural richness, measures 55m across, and is laid out over two levels: the lower one, by Boytac, has broad arcades with fine colonnettes decorated in the late Gothic and Renaissance styles; the upp..

  • 2 Santa Maria church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. dos Jerónimos P - 1400 Lisboa

    The south door has an abundance of statues, including one of Henry the Navigator. The interior is outstanding, in particular the vault which surprisingly withstood the 1755 earthquake and the slender architectural lines of the pillars of the nave. Va..

  • 3 Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. da Berna 45 P - 1093 Lisboa

    Situated in undulating gardens dotted with water features (on which glide geese and ducks) and modern sculptures, this museum opened in 1995 to house the Gulbenkian Collection. It displays its exhibits particularly well and is especially rich in Euro..

  • 4 Jardins du palais fronteira Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Conde de Almoster P - 1500 Lisboa

    These marvellous gardens are decorated with a unique style of azulejo. A pleasant place for a walk.

  • 5 Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. das Janelas Verdes 9 P - 1293 Lisboa

    The museum occupies the 17C palace of the counts of Alvor at the foot of Lapa Hill. The displays of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 12C to the early 19C all reflect the history of Portugal, in that they are all by Portuguese artist..

  • 6 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça do Império P - 1400 Lisboa

    This magnificent 16C Hieronymite monastery was built in 1502 and is a glorious result of the great discoveries of the period. Vasco de Gama had returned from India with his vessels laden with riches, thus enabling the architects to embark on a very a..

  • 7 Torre de Belém Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. de Brasília P - 1400 Lisboa

    The tower was originally built in 1519 in the middle of the Tagus to defend the Hieronymite monastery and to serve as a lighthouse. Since the earthquake altered the course of the river, this five-storey Manueline tower now stands next to a beach. The..

  • 8 Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. São Domingos de Benfica 1 P - 1500 Lisboa

    This beautiful hunting lodge, built by João Mascarenhas, the first Marquess of Fronteira, in 1670, shows a strong Italian Renaissance influence, particularly in the gardens. The quality and variety of the azulejos, covering every conceivable flat sur..

  • 9 Museum of the Orient Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Brasilia P - Lisboa

    Opened in 2008 in the Alcântara docks, this huge cultural centre is located in the former refrigerated cod stores. The museum documents Portugal's long-established relations with the Orient: Chinese porcelain, Indo-Portuguese furniture, textiles, pic..

  • 10 Berardo Collection Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P - Lisboa

    Opened in 2007, this museum located at the heart of the cultural centre displays part of the collection of Madeiran tycoon J Berardo. A chronolgical and thematic tour covers the major European and American art movements of the 20C and 21C, taking in ..

  • 11 Vasco da Gama bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ponte Vasco da Gama P - 1000 Lisboa

    Built between 1995 and 1998, this vast road bridge, over 11 miles long, crosses the Tagus between Savacem and Monitjo. It was designed to relieve the traffic on bridge 25 and form a direct link between North and South, without having to go through Li..

  • 12 Parque das Naçoes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Caminho da Água P - 1990 Lisboa

    Transformed into a 21C leisure park, the site of Expo98 covers 60ha to the northeast of the city, by the Olivais dock on the River Tagus. This vast urban renewal project is converting a previously polluted industrial zone into a new town. In total, t..

  • 13 Oceanario de Lisboa Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Esplanada Dom Carlos I P - 1900 Lisboa

    The aquarium was designed by American architect Peter Chermayeff and has five principal tanks recreating various habitats typical of the coastal areas of the Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This giant study centre dedicated to marine lif..

  • 14 Praça do Comércio (or Terreiro do Paço) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. do Comércio P - 1100 Lisboa

    The finest square in Lisbon is where the royal palace destroyed by the earthquake once stood, hence its name, the Terreiro do Paço (Palace Terrace). It is lined by classical buildings with yellow façades resting on galleries with arcades and is an ex..

  • 15 Belvedere of Alto de Santa Catarina Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Santa Catarina P - 1200 Lisboa

    Early evening is the time to visit the nearby quarter of the same name to see the sun setting over the Tagus. Note the statue of Adamostor, the giant who, according to the legend, was turned into the Cape of Storms (the Cape of Good Hope).

  • 16 Alfama Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. de São João d. Praça P - 1200 Lisboa

    With its alleys (becos) cut by steps, Alfama has preserved the layout it had before the earthquake and renovation has not spoiled the original character of this quarter with an Arabic name: al-hama means fountain and refers to the hot springs in Larg..

  • 17 Se Patriarcal Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Santo António da Sé P - 1100 Lisboa

    Built in the late 12C, shortly after the city had been captured by Alfonso Henriques, the cathedral (like those in Oporto, Coimbra and Evora) was also a formidable fortress. It has been frequently remodelled; the third chapel contains the 14C Gothic ..

  • 18 Miradouro de Santa Luzia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. Santa Luzia P - 1100 Lisboa

    This little terrace atop the hill of Santa Luzia with its modern basilica (a place of pilgrimage) is an ideal viewpoint. Preceded by a large square and a monumental staircase, it provides an excellent view over the Tagus, the harbour, the rooftops of..

  • 19 Museu de Artes Decorativas Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Largo das Portas do Sol 2 P - 1100 Lisboa

    Situated in the former palace of the Counts of Azurara (17C), the museum tells the story of everyday life in Lisbon in the 17 and 18C through a series of small, intimate rooms, decorated with azulejos and frescoes. The rooms have Portuguese and Indo-..

  • 20 De São Jorge castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Costa do Castelo P - 1100 Lisboa

    The castle, the heart of the city, is perched on a hillside. It was built by the Visigoths in the 5C, enlarged by the Moors in the 9C and modified in the reign of Alfonso Henriques. It was used as a royal residence from the 14 to the 16C. The castle'..

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