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  • 1 Da Estrela gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pr. Estrela P - 1200 Lisboa

    This large garden, laid out in 1852, is full of exotic species (palm trees, dragon trees, etc.) Visitors can listen to music in the open air in front of the bandstand, go for a walk around the lakes or pause for a drink at one of the numerous drink s..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Elevador de Santa Justa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 1100 Lisboa

    The lift was built in 1901 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a Portuguese engineer of French origin who was influenced by Gustave Eiffel. Prior to the 1988 fire, it provided direct access to the Chiado quarter. Long closed for repairs, it has now reopened...

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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'..

  • 9 Cristo Rei Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ponte 25 de Abril P - 1200 Lisboa

    The giant statue of Christ the King, a slightly smaller replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, was erected in 1959 in thanks to God for sparing Portugal during the Second World War. From the pedestal supporting the 28m statue..

  • 10 Museu Nacional dos Coches Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Praça Afonso de Albuquerque P - 1300 Lisboa

    The Carriage Museum, founded by Queen Amelia in 1904, has a splendid collection of carriages, the oldest of which is the magnificently painted four-wheeler brought to Portugal by Philip II of Spain in the late 16C. Other notable examples include thre..

  • 11 Baixa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. da Prata P - 1200 Lisboa

    Rebuilt to plans drawn up by Pombal after the 1755 earthquake, this lively shopping and commercial area is Lisbon's nerve centre. In the daytime, it is crowded with a wide cross-section of people, tourists, shoeshiners, bank employees and sailors, et..

  • 12 Museu da Farmacia Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Marechal Saldanha 1 P - Lisboa

    Largely overlooked by tourists, this museum (established in 1996 in a residence dating from the 1870s) has an extraordinary collection of over 14 000 objects from around the globe: Egyptian sarcophagi, Roman ceramics, Tuscan pottery and Congolese sta..

  • 13 Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. da Junqueira 30 P - Lisboa

    The ground floor of the museum traces in a lively fashion the extraordinary history of contact between Portugal and Macao, the former Potuguese colony in China. On the first floor are fine ceramics, terracotta, stoneware and Chinese porcelain, a sele..

  • 14 Estação do Oriente Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. de Berlim P - 1900 Lisboa

    The pavilions of the 1988 World Exhibition in Lisbon; representative of contemporary architecture, are now being put to other uses. The Estaçéao do Oriente was designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. It is a glass and steel, tree-like ..

  • 15 Water gardens Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Parque das Nações P - 1990 Lisboa

    Water gardens inside the Parque das Nações dedicated to entertainment and leisure activities.

  • 16 Garcia da Orta gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Parque das Nações P - 1900 Lisboa

    The gardens were named after the doctor in the 16C who studied and classified Asian plants. The gardens are in front of the Olivais quay, along the Tagus. The vegetation is taken from the regions explored by the Portuguese during the era of the Great..

  • 17 Rossio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. Dom Pedro IV P - 1100 Lisboa

    Praça Dom Pedro IV, was once the setting for many autodafés during the Inquisition. Its present appearance is the work of Pombal: lined by 18 and 19C buildings, it is now occupied by cafés and small shops that have kept their original decoration, suc..

  • 18 Church do Carmo (Archeology Museum) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Largo do Carmo P - 1200 Lisboa

    Today the ruins of the Gothic church, built in the late 14C, give onto one of Lisbon's most charming squares. Life came to a standstill here in the 1755 earthquake: pillars point to the heavens and silence reigns. The site now houses an archeology mu..

  • 19 Museu Nacional do Chiado Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Serpa Pinto 4 P - 1200 Lisboa

    It was originally a 13C convent, transformed into a contemporary art museum in 1911. Following a fire in 1988, it was refurbished by the French architect, J.M. Wilmotte, who created open spaces, linked by connecting passageways which enable the build..

  • 20 São Roque Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Trindade Coelho P - 1200 Lisboa

    The original façade of this late 16C church collapsed in the great earthquake. The interior decoration is strikingly rich, particularly in the chapel of São João Baptista, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque, originally built in Rome in 1742, dismantled..

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