Just arrived to Lisbon? Know what to visit!

Acabou de chegar a Lisboa? Saiba o que visitar!

For anyone arriving to a new city is hard to know what to do, what to see, where to eat, etc. So we leave here some suggestions of the most beautiful places that this city offers.

1. St. George Castle

This incredible castle with 12 towers and a dry moat is situated at the top of the highest hill of the historic center.

Its present name derives from the devotion to the patron saint of the knights and the crusaders, made by order of King John I, in the XIV century.

You can visit the castle and walk through the walls and go up the towers to enjoy the view over the city.

Location: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa

Site Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

 

2. National Pantheon

This monument, built in 1916, is located in the Church of Santa Engrácia.

Great figures of the Portuguese history are buried there, as is the case of Almeida Garret (writer), Amália Rodrigues (fado singer), some presidents of the Portuguese Republic and other personalities.

Location: Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-471 Lisboa

Site Panteão Nacional

 

3. Church of São Vicente de Fora

The blue and white tiles, present in the cloisters and monastic outbuildings, deserve a special mention given to their scenes with fables of La Fontaine.

The interior of the temple with the shape of Christ cross houses the largest organ of Lisbon dating from 1765.

The architectural model of this monastery became the basis of all temple façades built in the Portuguese colonies of India, Macau, Africa and Brazil.

Location: Largo de São Vicente, 1100-572 Lisboa

 

4. Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa lift is located between downtown Lisbon “Baixa” and Bairro Alto.

It was built by the apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard, hence its structural similarities with the Eiffel Tower (Paris – France).

Location: Rua do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa

Elevador Santa Justa

 

5. Carmo Convent

The Carmo Convent was built in the beginning of the 15th century.

After the earthquake that devastated the city, in 1755, it was not rebuilt again and even underwent some changes.

The Convent still houses a GNR police barracks and the church ruins are home to the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists.

Location: Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa

Site Convento do Carmo

Convento do Carmo

 

6. Jeronimos Monastery

Considered one of the most important monuments of the Manueline architecture style in Lisbon, it was awarded as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983.

This large Portuguese monument is located in Belém/Restelo, where formerly there was a small village on the bank of the Tagus River. This village eventually grew under the impulse of maritime trade and naval production, which had great strategic and logistical importance in terms of the protection of the Portuguese maritime routes – becoming, later, a large commercial port and shelter for the navigators.

In this monastery you can visit the tombs of great Portuguese personalities such as Vasco da Gama (navigator), Luís Vaz de Camões (poet), Alexandre Herculano (poet / historian) and various Portuguese monarchs.

Location: Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisboa

Site Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

 

7. Belém Tower

This fortress was built in 1515 by King D João II, to protect the entrance to the port of Lisbon.

The Tower of Belém was often the starting point for explorations around the world and for many sailors and navigators was the last view of their homeland when leaving.

Location: Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa

Site Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém

 

8. The Monument of Discoveries

It is a monument commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry – Infante D. Henrique (the most important figure at the beginning of the Age of Discovery).

The monument has 33 carved figures alluding to the time of the Discoveries. In front of it there’s also a world map drawn on the ground with all the routes that the Portuguese navigators traced during the Discoveries.

You can contemplate the view over the Tagus River and Belém from the top of this monument, as well as the world map.

Location: Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa

Site Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

 

9. Ajuda National Palace

The Ajuda National Palace (Palácio Nacional da Ajuda) was built in a place where there was once a temporary wooden building to house the royal family after the great earthquake of 1755.

The Palace is considered a national monument since 1910, not only because it was the former royal residence and now the museum of decorative arts, but also because it is the seat of other Portuguese cultural institutions and also a stage of important ceremonies.

Location: Largo Ajuda 1349-021, Lisboa

Site Palácio da Ajuda