Lisbon, the capital of sunny Portugal, is located at the point where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean estuary. As a travel destination, the city on the river is as rich and varied as the country's long history. From the ruins of a Moorish castle located on top of one of the seven hills of the city to a café whose terrace is located on the sidewalk, stuck to the remnants of an ancient Visigoth wall, remnants of the fasninating past of Lisbon are everywhere. In this article, we are going to present five of the most interesting and popular sights in Lisbon, just to give you an idea of the treasure that this beaitiful city has to offer.
Belem Tower, also known as the Tower of St. Vincent, is located on the place where once was an island in the Tagus River. Dating from 1515, the imposing tower was built to defend Lisbon from invaders and to greet travelers. It was built during the age of Great Discoveries, it has 4 floors and it is made of limestone. The tower has attached a stronghold that lodges 17 cannons that could shoot from distance. The statue of Holy Mary, dedicated to protecting the seafarers while traveling, is facing the river.
The period during which the old trams were the main means of transport in the city is long gone, although they still circulate. However, visitors can still enjoy a ride on a vintage tram. This happens on tram line 28. The "electric" historical takes the visitors on a route through the old parts of the city throughout the most important tourist attractions of Lisbon. Visitors can take tram 28 to get on top of the hill where the São Jorge castle is located, and from there they can enjoy the view of the surroundings. The line is used by locals for their daily routes. The old tram provides a good way to orient yourself around town and meet new people.
Oceanarium - Big aquarium in Lisbon
One of the best and modern attractions of Lisbon, the Oceanarium, was built as a "bonus" when the city hosted the World Expo 1998. Located in Parque das Nações in northeastern Lisbon, it is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. It is organized into four unique habitats, each representing a different ocean. In addition, it also hosts all kinds of marine life from sharks and stingrays to penguins and otters; flora and fauna of each ecosystem is also represented. Shoals of colorful fish that swim through the water, and tropical birds that fly around, all these and many more – the Oceanarium has to offer an immersive experience not to be missed.
Santa Justa lift
Located in central Lisbon, Santa Justa lift offers visitors a breathtaking view over the beautiful city. Built in 1902, the "elevator" was designed by Raul Mésnier, which was inspired by the famous tower in Paris, which his colleague, Gustav Eiffel, created. The wrought iron tower rises the passengers on a platform from where a walkway leads to the ruins of the Carmo Convent, a Gothic church, partly destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755. Alternatively, visitors can climb a ladder that goes above the elevator structure to enjoy the whole panorama of the Baixa neighborhood.
Lisbon is the center of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a non-profit organization funded from the estate of the late Armenian tycoon. Designed to expose the private art collection that Gulbenkian has gather throughout his lifetime, Gulbenkian Museum offers visitors an incredible experience. Although the collection is rather tiny, the quality of each piece, is extraordinary. From artwork signed by Monet, Renoir and Rembrandt to Lalique jewelry, Chinese and Persian jade porcelain, you will see a collection that shows every aspect of those particular artistic periods in detail. The museum is often host to world-class exhibitions.
Besides that, there are many things that you can see and do in Lisbon, but you have to keep an eye on our future articles.
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