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  • 1 Mosteiro de Santa Maria Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    Seen from the outside, these 18C buildings give no real indication of the Cistercian architectural jewels that lie within. The façade was rebuilt in the Baroque style and the portal and rose window are all that remain of the original façade. You will..

  • 2 Almourol castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 2000 Santarém

    This fortress, punctuated with towers and crenellations stands in a rocky island covered with trees and cacti, in the middle of the Tagus in which it is reflected... It was erected in 1171 by Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of Knights Templar on th..

  • 3 Former convent of the Conception Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    L.go da Conceição P - 7800 Beja

    This convent of nuns of the order of St Clare, was founded in 1459 by Ferdinand, duke of Viseu, father of King Manuel. The elegant balustrade which crowns the church and the cloister resembles that of Batalha Monastery. The convent now accommodates t..

  • 4 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...

  • 5 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).

  • 6 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 ..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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-..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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 ..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Sé Nova Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    L.go da Sé Nova P - 3001 Coimbra

    The "new cathedral", built from 1598, was part of the college of Jesuits of the "Eleven Thousand Virgins" until the disappearance of the order in 1759. Its façade has two levels, one on top of the other. Note the four alcoves of t..

  • 20 Universidade Velha Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. du Dr-Guilherme-Moreira P - 3001 Coimbra

    The old university occupies the buildings of the former royal palace that were restored and appointed to become the "Paço dos Estudos" in 1540. It has a superb library containing 30 000 books and 5 000 manuscripts referenced by subject. The..

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