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Map of top 10 attractions in Lisbon
The typical top ten attractions are listed below. You can find the detailed locations of these places on the maps above.
- St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) - Crowning the hill where Lisbon's original settlers lived, the city's medieval castle is a successful and evocative reconstruction. Best of all are the views from the esplanade.
- Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) - The boot-shaped defensive tower at Belém is one of Lisbon's emblems, but it is also one of the most perfect examples of the Manueline style, with proportions that please, rather than inspire awe.
- Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) - The Manueline is Portugal's own architectural style. Its beginnings, and some of its greatest expressions, can be seen in the glorious national monument that is the Jerónimos. Your can visit here the tomb of Vasco da Gama.
- Se Cathedral (Se Catedral) - Lisbon's cathedral was built for the city's first bishop in the middle of the 12th century, just after the Christian reconquest. It is a fortress-like structure whose stone glows amber as the sun sets.
- National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga) - Housed in a grand 17th-century palace, Portugal's national gallery displays art that places Portugal in a historical context – as well as other treasures.
- Park of Nations (Parque das Nacoes, Expo Park) - Flanked by the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the site of Lisbon's sea-themed Expo 98 has been transformed into a dynamic leisure, business and residential area.
- Palacio National in Sintra - A splendid royal retreat in the summer residence of kings. The hilltop retreat near Lisbon is one of the most scenic in the country, surrounded by opulent palaces and country estates. Sintra is a powerful magnet for most visitors to Lisbon, but it is wise to do as Lord Byron did, and absorb the city first before moving on to Sintra – the better to appreciate the contrast.
- Museu Nacional do Azulejo - This beautiful museum displays and explains the essential Portuguese decorative element – the tile. It also has some of the city's most stunning convent and church interiors.
- Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) - A museum of the highest international calibre, the Gulbenkian is a small, coolly pleasant universe of art history, where visitors can drift around oblivious of any other.
- Palácio de Queluz - A Rococo feast, ripe with culture and aspiration, this summer palace just outside Lisbon was for a brief period the royal family's permanent residence.
- Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa) - One of the city's most eccentric structures. Built in 1902 by a disciple of Eiffel, a giant lift whisks you 32m up the innards of a latticework metal tower before depositing you on a platform high above the Baixa. The exit at the top of the elevador – which leads out beside the Bairro Alto's Convento do Carmo – is below the rooftop cafe, which has great views over the city.
- Oceanarium (Oceanario de Lisboa) - This world-class aquarium is the second-biggest in the world, it's in a stone-and-glass building whose centerpiece is a 5-million-liter (1.3-million-gal.) holding tank. Its waters consist of four distinct ecosystems that replicate the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Antarctic oceans.
- Other attractions include Aguas Livres Aqueduct, Thieves Flea Market (Feira da Ladra), Zoo, Benfica Stadium, Colombo Shopping Centre, Santo Amaro Docks (Docas), Foz Palaca, Gloria Funicular, Pink Street (Rua Nova do Carvalho, Cais do Sodre), Alfama, Tagus River, Baixa, Chiado, Rossio, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, Botanical Garden, Monsanto Park, Atlantic Pavillion Meo Arena, Maritime Museum, Fado Museum.
What are some interesting facts about Lisbon?
Lisbon is known as 'the town of seven hills' which are compromised of the seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela.
Lisbon's Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. The world record for the largest dining table was set when some 15,000 people were served lunch on the bridge as part of the inauguration celebrations.
Instead of hiking, why not take a one of a kind the Ascensor de Santa Justa (street elevator). This is another beloved landmark which takes passengers 45 meters (147f) from the Baxia elevator to the Chiado district.
Alfama is the city's oldest quarter. A village in the heart of the capital, with streets so narrow and precipitous that few cars can enter.
Tram line 28 is the the capital's best tram route to explore the historic districts.
The first passenger streetcars were built and introduced in the U.S. in the 19th Century (New York and New Orleans). The rails are called 'carris' in Portuguese and this is the name given to Lisbon's public transport company that operates the trams today. Due to their origins, Lisbon's trams were originally called 'americanos' and the first operational route was inaugurated on 17th November, 1873.
Lisbon is home to the Stadium of Light, one of Europe's biggest and famous soccer venues in which the main sporting team Benfica play their home game at.
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