Details About Lisbon

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Destination Tips, Travel and Leisure |

Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe and the capital of Portugal. In addition to being Portugal’s political center, the Greater Lisbon area is also one of the major financial centers of the entire Iberian Peninsula. While those attributes may not draw huge crowds of tourists, Lisbon’s many sights and gorgeous parks do. Lisbon’s attractions are many and varied. The area in the center of the city is called the Baixa. The Baixa is set up like a grid with separate squares. This layout came to be after a large part of the town built in the medieval area was leveled by an earthquake in 1755.  There are seven well-known hills in Lisbon. On the top of the tallest of those hills, situated east of the Biaxa, are the Castle of Sao Jorge and the Lisbon Cathedral. Other attractions are Commerce Square, the beautiful Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha, Rossio Square, and Restaurados Square.

One of the more unusual tourist attractions in Lisbon is the Elevador de Santa Justa, which, as the name implies, is an elevator. This structure was built in the Gothic revival style around 1900. Its purpose was to connect the Baixa and Bairro Alto. Lisbon also has many famous museums. Among them are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Portuguese-style Tile Mosaics, and the National Museum of Costume and Fashion. Lisbon also boasts the largest collection of royal coaches in the world housed in the National Coach Museum. Another popular attraction is the monument to Christ the King, which stands in Almada. The statue of Christ stands with arms spread wide overlooking the entire city. It was built after World War II in gratitude of Portugal being spared from the atrocities of war. In western Lisbon lies the enormous Monsanto Forest Park.

 

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