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Sightseeing in Lisbon - what to see. Complete travel guide

Lisbon is the main port of Portugal, which is located at the mouth of the Tagus River. This city is located in the picturesque place with numerous hills. That’s why Lisbon is also called "city on seven hills". Founded as a large settlement of the tribe of Iberian Lusitano, Lisbon has started its quick development due to its convenient location. After this it was soon conquered by the Roman Empire, then it belonged to the Arab Caliph, and later the French knights set up their ownership. Only in 1256 Lisbon has officially become the capital of Portugal. However, after a large earthquake that had destroyed many historic buildings, the city often became an arena for political clashes. Only the end of World War II has finally brought the city its long awaited peace.
Lisbon presents to its visitors fantastic Aquarium which is annually visited by thousands of admiring tourists. The Aquarium presents a great variety of sea world inhabitant. Captivating … Open
After the devastating earthquake many sights of the city have been restored and today these places as well as other sites that have managed to survive are frequently visited by numerous tourists who come to see this magnificent city. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is one of the large-scale and modern facilities of our days. The bridge connects the city’s airport with a network of urban highways. This is also an important transport route that connects Lisbon and the rest of Europe.
The city's architecture combines different influences in design referring to various historical periods. Here you can see the Romanesque cathedral of the XII century; several churches built in the Baroque and Manueline styles - Church of St. Vicente de Fora, St. Roque, St. Conceição Velha, the Basilica of La Estrela, the Museum of Church Art; Gothic Carmelite Monastery, a beautiful castle built in the IX - XIV centuries. Lisbon is also rich in other magnificent palaces like Sao Bento, Mafra, Ajuda, Queluz; Geographic Society Museum, a rich Photo Archive and much more. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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One of the main symbols of the city is the beautiful Praça do Comercio Square. It is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The square is located on the bank of a river. For hundreds of years, it served as the real gates of the city. Merchant ships, as well as ships with royal delegations, arrived at the pier near the square. On the square, there are several beautiful monuments, and next to them you can see the most beautiful historical buildings.
An interesting historical monument is the Belém Tower, which was built in the 16th century. Not so long ago, the tower was listed in UNESCO. The construction of this beautiful architectural monument was timed to an important historical event - the opening of the sea route to India. In different periods, this tower was used as a defensive structure. Powder storehouse, prison, and afterwards even a customs station was located in it. Now, the tower is valuable for its unique architectural appearance. It is a rare attraction in the Portuguese Manueline style.
Discovering the architecture of Lisbon from bird's eye view! Jeronimos Monastery, Castle of Sao Jorge, Santo Antonio Church, Lisbon Oceanarium, Santa Justa Lift, Triumphal Arch, all those monuments are defining the image of Lisbon … Open
An equally impressive architectural monument is the Jeronimos Monastery, which is also a UNESCO site. To the whole world, this ancient monastery is famous for the fact that on its territory is the grave of the greatest navigator Vasco da Gama. The building of the monastery was constructed in the late 16th century. It is remarkable for its impressive size and very beautiful façade decoration. Now, the huge building of the monastery is surrounded by a luxurious landscaped garden, around which is especially interesting to stroll in the summer.
Art lovers will like the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum located in a beautiful stone building, which in summer literally drowns in the abundance of greenery. This art gallery contains an interesting collection of paintings by European and Oriental craftsmen, and still contains items of antique art. Its name is in honor of the founder - the magnate C. Gulbenkian, who moved to Lisbon after the Second World War. In addition to beautiful paintings, in the museum you can see collections of old sculptures and jewelry, as well as applied art.
National Pantheon, Belem Tower, Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon Cathedral, Estrela Basilica, MEO Arena, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Lisbon … Open
Also very interesting is the National Coach Museum, in which an array of these luxury vehicles of the 17th - 19th centuries is collected. Among the exhibits, there are coaches that once belonged to the royal family.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Lisbon and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Lisbon
♥   Shopping area ' Rossio' Lisbon, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Baixa Pombalina' Lisbon, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Rua do Carmo' Lisbon, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Rua Augusta' Lisbon, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Rua Garrett' Lisbon, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Lisbon
♥   Castle 'Castle of São Jorge' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Penas' , 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of the Moors' , 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Óbidos' , 71.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Almourol' , 105.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Lisbon
♥   Nature Park 'Sintra-Cascais' , 27.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' , 28.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serras de Aire e Candeeiros' , 91.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina' , 143.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
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

Sights around Lisbon from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Sintra

From the series “Fabulous Nooks of the World with Striking Colorful Shades”
Another great historical symbol of the city is a tram line that is a real live museum. Old trams, which were built over a hundred years ago, ply along this line. Cars themselves are of great historical value. A ride on the tram is unusual, as you can see the main architectural attractions of the city and enjoy its marvelous scenery. The town of Sintra is a popular holiday destination among couples; many people choose it for the honeymoon. The city has wonderful hotels in historic buildings, as well as excellent local restaurants. … Read further

Palacio Nacional da Pena

From the series “The Most Inaccessible Buildings in the World”
After the revolution, the palace was redesigned into the museum, which presents an interesting art, antique furniture and jewelery collection. The walk through the extensive bordering territory gives as many impressions. Here one can spend hours on the carved arch in the Mauritanian style, the old sculptures and the landscape decoration. The palace is surrounded by the large forest, which covers more than 200 hectares. At different times, the palace owners have planted many exotic plants on its adjacent territory, so an excursion is essential for nature lovers. … Read further

Ponte Vasco da Gama

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Before the bridge opening, the 25th April bridge was the only land crossing through the Tajo River. The second bridge has optimally distributed the traffic load and made the crossing over the river more convenient. Today the tourists can not only drive on the longest bridge in Europe but also make a lot of impressive photos on their background. On the riverside the beautiful park zones were equipped with benches and hiking trails. As a rule, these picturesque places are most populous in the evening. … Read further
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