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Culture of Lisbon. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

" My Blues" Lisbon presents a great variety of sights of tourist interest among which one will find as ancient so architectonic constructions of modern art, picturesque squares and parks, established hundreds of years ago. Belem Tower (or the Tower of St Vincent) or Torre de Belem is located on the high hill performing an amazing panoramic view of the city-scapes. The tower was erected in the beginning of the 16th century and served as a light house for sailors but in the beginning of the 19th century the tower was totally destroyed by the Napoleon’s Army. Today the tower is one of the most amazing constructions of the city. The tower is decorated with tracery balconies, unusual elements in form of ship ropes and crenellated walls executed in Arabian style.
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The most important religious sights of the city is Lisbon Cathedral built in the 12th century. The first ecclesiastical construction was erected on this place as far back as in 6th century. Later the small church was destroyed and a new majestic cathedral was built on its place. In appearance the construction looks more like a fortress than a religious object. Only due to power fortification the cathedral survived unharmed during the massive earthquake of 1755.
Another interesting object of architectonic art in Lisbon is Bikush House which construction was ended in 1523. Its façade is executed in a unique style fronted with tracery stone cut as diamonds. In 1755 the construction was severely harmed with the earthquake with two upper stages totally destroyed. Nowadays the Bikush House hosts an exhibition center in which the art students and amateur artists perform their works. Copyright
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Speaking of historical sites, St George Castle is worthy of special mentioning. It was built in 1511 by the order of the King Manuel l and long served as the main fortification of the city. Recently the castle was totally renovated and today appears to its visitors in all its glory. Some of the halls of the castle were reequipped and turned to the museum which collection is concentrated on the history of the fortifying construction. Among cultural enlightenment institutions of Lisbon the most remarkable one is the maritime museum – Museu De Marinha – which is placed in one of the halls of Jeronimos Monastery. Among the priceless showpieces collected in the museum there are sailing models, antique astrolabes and ship devices as well as sailing maps and other artifacts related to sailing history.
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Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon

» Jeronimos is the monastery founded by Henry the Navigator in 1450. The building of the monastery is a grandiose monument to late-Manueline style of Portuguese architecture.
» The Jeronimos is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of mankind.
» The monastery is inextricably associated with the Age of Discovery. Vasco da Gama and his companions spent there the night in prayer before sailing towards India.
» King Manuel I and Joao III are buried in the monastery, as well as Vasco da Gama, Camoes and Fernando Pessoa.
» Since 1903 the western wing of the monastery has being housing the National Archaeological Museum.

Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon

» The Castle of Sao Jorge is the fortress located on a high hill; it’s visible from almost anywhere in the city.
» The castle has long served as a royal residence until the 16th century, when the Ribeira Palace was built.
» The Castle of Sao Jorge at different times was used as a theater, a prison and an arsenal. The earthquake of 1755 turned the castle in ruins.
» In 1938, active reconstruction of the castle began, in which the medieval wall restored, and the park with monuments to the Great King Afonso I and Manuel I was laid out.
» Today the castle is open for visitors who could climb the tower and enjoy breathtaking view of the city. The castle has interesting multimedia exhibition about the history of Lisbon.

Discoverers Monument, Lisbon

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Discoverers monument is dedicated to the outstanding figures of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
» The height of the monument is 52 meters.
» The model of the monument was created in 1940, but the latter was opened only in 1960.
» The monument is a caravel of white limestone with the figure of the mastermind of the Portuguese geographical discoveries, Henry the Navigator, on the snout. He is surrounded with 32 other important personalities of the Age of Discovery, including monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries.
» Everybody can get inside the monument via elevator or climbing a height of 52 meters, where you can admire spectacular views.

Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

» Sao Vicente de Fora is the monastery founded in 1147 by the first king of Portugal, Afonso I the Great.
» The monastery is dedicated to Vicente of Saragossa, the patron saint of Lisbon, an early Christian martyr.
» The monastery church in its current form was built in 1582-1629 years, while other buildings were completed only in the 18th century.
» All the kings of Braganza Dynasty, except two, are buried in the crypt of the monastery.
» All visitors can climb to the roof terrace and admire the magnificent views at the National Pantheon, Alfama and the Tagus River.

Monastery of Carmelites, Lisbon

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Carmelite Monastery is the medieval Gothic monastery, which was built in 1389-1423 by the Portuguese knight Nuno Alvares Pereira for the Carmelite Order.
» Long ago, the Carmelite Monastery has been the main church of Lisbon; with its dimensions it was second only to the Lisbon cathedral.
» During an earthquake and fire in 1755, the monastery was almost destroyed; only heavy altar pieces have preserved. Reconstruction of the monastery has begun, but in 1834 the work was interrupted.
» As a result, it was decided not to rebuild the ruined church in the future, but just to leave it under the open sky. The arches of the buildings were mostly destroyed; pointed arches support parts of the surviving walls.
» Residential part of the monastery in 1836 was signed off to army, and the remains of the church were moved to the archaeological museum.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Lisbon

Castelo De São Jorge
Where: Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon; Telephone: +351 218 800 620;
Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos
Where: Praça do Império, Belém, Lisbon; Telephone: +351 213 620 034;
Museu Do Azulejo
Where: Rua da Madre de Deus 4, Lisbon; Telephone: +351 218 100 340;
Fundação Gulbenkian
Where: Avenida de Berna 45, Lisbon; Telephone: +351 217 823 000;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Lisbon
♥   Palace 'Palácio da Rosa' , 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio de Sant’ana' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio Vila Flor' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Bemposta Palace' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palácio Ludovice' , 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Sotto Mayor Palace' , 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'São Bento Palace' , 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Lisbon and around
♥   Art museum 'Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga' Lisbon, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Calouste Gulbenkian' Lisbon, 2.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Colecção Berardo' Lisbon, 7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Lisbon
♥   Igreja da Memória, Ajuda, 6.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisboa, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Funchal, 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria da Graça, Setúbal, 30.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Santarém, 69.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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