Lisbon

About Lisbon

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary, and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. The city’s compact, the cobblestoned heart is easily explored on foot or via its old-fashioned trams and funiculars. The Moorish Alfama district has narrow, winding streets and taverns with fado singers. Chiado and its cafes, shopping, and seafood restaurants adjoin Bairro Alto, known for its nightlife. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum complex, set amid serene gardens, displays noted art collections. On the waterfront are the ornate 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, and, to the east, the ultramodern Parque das Nações district and its massive Oceanário aquarium.
Belém Tower

Belém Tower, officially the Tower of Saint Vincent is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle is a historic castle in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Human occupation of the castle hill dates to at least the 8th century BC while the first fortifications built date from the 1st century BC. The hill on which São Jorge Castle stands has played an important part in the history of Lisbon, having served as the location of fortifications occupied successively by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors, before its conquest by the Portuguese in the 1147 Siege of Lisbon.
Lisbon Oceanarium

The Lisbon Oceanarium is an oceanarium in Lisbon located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo of 1998. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. The Lisbon Oceanarium has a large collection of marine species such as penguins, seagulls, and other birds, sea otters, sharks, rays, chimaeras, seahorses and other bony fish, crustaceans, starfish, sea urchins, and other echinoderms; sea anemones, corals, and other cnidarias octopuses, cuttlefish, sea snails, and other mollusks, amphibians, jellyfish, marine plants and terrestrial plants and other marine organisms
Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio is a large, harbor-facing square in Portugal's capital, Lisbon. This grand plaza is surrounded on three sides by distinctive yellow Pombaline style buildings, with the southern side facing out over the Tejo Estuary. At the plaza captains and merchants would plan perilous sea-voyages to Brazil, India, and South East Asia and then trade their goods in return.
National Azulejo Museum

National Azulejo Museum or Museu Nacional do Azulejo is an art museum in Lisbon dedicated to the azulejo, traditional tile work of Portugal and the former Portuguese Empire, as well as of other Iberophone cultures. Housed in the former Madre de Deus Convent, the museum's collection is one of the largest ceramics in the world. The museum collection features decorative ceramic tiles or azulejos from the second half of the 15th century to the present day. Besides tiles, it includes ceramics, porcelain, and faience from the 19th to the 20th century.
Carmo Convent

The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a former Catholic convent. The medieval convent was ruined during the sequence of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, and the destroyed Gothic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the southern facade of the convent is the main trace of the great earthquake still visible in the old city. The nave and apse of the Carmo Church are the settings for a small archaeological museum, with pieces from all periods of Portuguese history. The nave has a series of tombs, fountains, windows, and other architectural relics from different places and styles.
Palace of Queluz

Palace of Queluz is an 18th-century palace located at Queluz in Lisbon on the Portuguese Riviera. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. A predominant feature of the interiors is the azulejos polychrome glazed tiles, often in a chinoiserie style with tones of blues and yellows contrasting with muted reds.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, also known simply as the Gulbenkian Museum, is a major encyclopedic art museum in Lisbon. The Gulbenkian Museum houses one of the largest private collections of art in the world. It encompasses the art of the world from antiquity forward, and was the private collection of a single man, oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian.
National Coach Museum

National Coach Museum is located on the Afonso de Albuquerque Square in the Belém district of Lisbon in Portugal. The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums of the city. Among its rarest items is a late 16th/early 17th-century travelling coach used by King Philip II of Portugal to come from Spain to Portugal in 1619.
Cultural Centre of Belém

Belém Cultural Center, is a complex of artistic venues located in Belém in the city of Lisbon. The centre was initially built to accommodate the programme of Portugal's Presidency of the European Council in 1992, but with the long-term goal of providing permanent venues for conferences, exhibitions and performance arts such as opera, ballet and concerts, in addition to meeting halls, shops and cafés.
Best Time To Visit Lisbon

The best time to visit Lisbon is from March to May and from September to October when the weather is pleasant.

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