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  • 1 São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R. de Pedro de Alcântara P - 1300 Lisboa

    The belvedere takes the form of a pleasant garden suspended like a balcony of the lower town with a panoramic view of the Baixa, the Tagus and São Jorge castle on the hill opposite (viewing table). Visitors can return to Praça dos Restauradores by th..

  • 2 Miradouro de Santa Luzia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. Santa Luzia P - 1100 Lisboa

    A small terrace near the Church of Santa Luzia has been laid out as a viewpoint. There is an excellent view of the Tagus, the harbour, the rooftops of Alfama and its maze of small streets dominated by the bell-towers of São Miguel and Santo Estêvão. ..

  • 3 Largo das Portas do Sol Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. das Portas do Sol P - 1100 Lisboa

    The Sun Gateway was one of the seven gates into the Arab city. The square, situated on the other side of the church of Santa Luzia, has a pleasant terrace with a wonderful view over the houses, São Vicente de Fora and the river.

  • 4 Escadinhas de Santo Estêvão Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. de Santo Estêvão P - 1100 Lisboa

    These small flights of steps (escadinhas), running in various directions, form a picturesque setting. As you pass behind the church of Santo Estêvão, note the overhanging wall with a panel of azulejos. At the top of the stairs skirting the church, is..

  • 5 Campo de Santa Clara Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Campo de Santa Clara P - 1170 Lisboa

    This attractive square, framed by elegant residences, is situated between the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia. On Tuesdays and Saturdays it is the setting for the flea market, the Feira da Ladra (thief's market). On the northern si..

  • 6 Santa Engrácia church - Panteão Nacional Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campo de Santa Clara P - 1170 Lisboa

    Begun in the 17C, the church was never completed. In the form of a Greek cross, it is now surmounted by a cupola, inaugurated in 1966. The local expression "like work on Santa Engrácia" is commonly used to describe projects that are never f..

  • 7 Museu da Água da EPAL Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. do Alviela 12 P - 1170 Lisboa

    This museum traces the history of Lisbon's water supply, from Roman times until the present day and more particularly the Águas Livres (Free Water) project devised by the engineer Manuel da Maia. Until 1967, Lisbon's water was supplied by an aqueduct..

  • 8 25 de Abril bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ponte 25 de Abril P - 1200 Lisboa

    Opened in August 1966, the bridge has an overall length of 2 278m and has the longest central span in Europe: 1 013m. It is 70m over the waters of the Tagus and is suspended from two pylons, 190m high; the foundations of the southern pile go 80m belo..

  • 9 Cutural Center of Belém Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. do Império P - 1449 Lisboa

    This immense building, completed in 1992, plays a prominent role in Lisbon's and Portugal's cultural life. It comprises a conference centre, two theatres, one for opera, and a huge exhibition centre. The centre puts on a varied programme of music, th..

  • 10 Palácio da Ajuda Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cal. da Ajuda P - 1300 Lisboa

    The 18/19C residence of the monarchs Louis and Maria Pia from 1862 onwards, this palace contains a profusion of 19C furniture, tapestries, statues, paintings and decorative objects. Note the ceiling in the Winter Garden, with its covering of chalcedo..

  • 11 Avenida da Liberdade Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. da Liberdade P - 1250 Lisboa

    This avenue, 1 300m long and 90m wide, is the most majestic of Lisbon's avenues. On either side are late 19C buildings and more recent constructions housing hotels, travel agencies, insurance companies and airlines, etc. The pavements are covered in ..

  • 12 Eduardo VII Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Av. António Augusto de Aguiar P - 1069 Lisboa

    From the upper end of this formal, landscaped park, crowning Avenida da Liberdade, is a magnificent perspective view of the lower town and the Tagus, flanked on either side by the São Jorge castle and Bairro Alto hills. The wooden shutters of the Col..

  • 13 Botanic gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R. da Alegria P - 1250 Lisboa

    The gardens stretch across the hillside not far from the Avenida da Liberdade. They were laid out in 1873 for scientific purposes and are now run by the Academy of Science. They rate among the most interesting in Europe for their sub-tropical plants...

  • 14 Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pr. das Amoreiras 56-58 P - 1250 Lisboa

    This fine 18C building, once a silk factory, has been renovated in a sober, elegant manner by the architect, Sommer Ribeiro. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (1908-1992), who lived a great part of her life in Paris with the Hungarian artist, Arpad Szenes..

  • 15 Aqueduct of Águas Livres Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calçada da Quintinha 6 P - 1070 Lisboa

    The "Free Water" aqueduct, built between 1732 and 1748, still supplies Lisbon's water today. It measures a total of 58km with 35 of its arches spanning the Alcântara Valley. The tallest of these is 65m high, with a span of 29m. The best vie..

  • 16 Florestal de Monsanto Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Alto Serafina P - 1070 Lisboa

    It is best to go by car to this wooded park, on a hillside overlooking the city. Roads run through the park offering panoramic views over Lisbon, in particular from the Monsanto belvedere.

  • 17 Museum of Music Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. João de Freitas Branco P - 1500 Lisboa

    This museum, located inside the Alto dos Moinhos underground station, contains a wide variety of musical instruments and publications from the 16 to the 20C, including a set of baroque harpsichords and an extensive collection of string and wind instr..

  • 18 Basilica of Estrela Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Pr. da Estrela P - 1200 Lisboa

    This white Baroque basilica was built in the late 18C. The transept crossing is covered by a fine cupola topped by a lantern tower. Inside is a Crib with life-size figures carved by Machado de Castro.

  • 19 Casa Fernando Pessoa Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Coelho da Rocha 16-18 P - 1200 Lisboa

    The house where the great Portuguese poet Pessoa spent the last 15 years of his life has been refurbished in modern style and is now used as a cultural centre, specialising in Portuguese poetry, as well as an exhibition centre for painting and sculpt..

  • 20 Costume and Theatre Museums Interesting

    Museums and art

    Est. do Lumiar 12 P - 1600 Lisboa

    The Estrada do Lumiar runs through a district of fine properties, alongside the Quinta de Monteiro-Mor estate, a vast property with two palaces. One of the palaces has been converted into a Costume Museum and the other into a Theatre Museum. There is..

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