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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 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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.

  • 8 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..

  • 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 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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).

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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-..

  • 15 Miradouro da Senhora do Monte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L. do Monte P - 1170 Lisboa

    With a view taking in the castle of São Jorge, the Mouraria district and the lower town, this is one of Lisbon's finest viewpoints. The nearby chapel dates from 1796 although its origins can be traced back to 1147, the year of Lisbon's reconquest.

  • 16 Museu Nacional do Azulejo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. da madre de Deus 4 P - 1900 Lisboa

    The museum, located in the 16C convent of Madre de Deus, shows how the panels of tiles were made and their development. The oldest azulejos are displayed on the walls of the great cloister and the small Manueline cloister: note the panoramic view of ..

  • 17 Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pr. do Imperio P - 1400 Lisboa

    The Monument to the Discoveries is an invitation to visit this museum of Portugal's maritime past with its impressive exhibition of a variety of model ships used for many different purposes: Asian vessels, 18 and 19C yachts, merchant navy steam ships..

  • 18 Jose de Azeredo Perdigao Modern Art Centre (CAM) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Dr Nicolau de Bettencourt P - 1050 Lisboa

    The centre, built in 1983 by architect Leslie Martin, has an interesting spacious design incorporating plants, thus creating the impression of a screen of greenery. It houses modern works of art by Portuguese artists from 1910 to the present day, inc..

  • 19 Jardim Zoologico Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Est. de Benfica 158 P - 1549 Lisboa

    Covering 26ha, Laranjeiras Park is both a zoo and public garden. The lower part includes the rose garden; there are enclosures for nearly 2 500 animals, many of which are exotic species. Note that the dolphinarium can only be visited during shows. A ..

  • 20 Belem Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. de Império P - 1300 Lisboa

    The heart of monumental Manueline Lisbon, Belém overlooks the Tagus, and is now home to the Belém Cultural Centre. This is a pleasant, airy district with villas and gardens, set on a hillside dominating the river. It has strong links with Portuguese ..

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