Sightseeing guide for Lisbon
Aqueduct of the Free Waters (Aqueduto das Aguas Livres)
Built in the 18th century following orders of King Joao V, the aqueduct served to supply water to the city. There are 109 arches across the valley, with the tallest arch being 66 meters.
Built in late- Baroque style in the 18th century, Estrela Basilica is one of Lisbon' s most fascinating churches. It was the first church in the world dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Casa dos Bicos (House of the Pointed Stones)
Built in 1523 and inspired by the Diamond Palace of Ferrara and Bevilacqua Palace in Bologna, this building got his name from the unusual points ("bicos") comprising the equally unusual facade. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed the two upper floors, but they were repaired in 1980.
Saint George's Castle
Built by the Visigoths during the 5th century and enlarged by the Moors in the 9th century, the Castle demonstrates the early history of the city, while offering to the visitors a spectacular panoramic view of Lisbon and the river Tagus. The Castle also hosts a multimedia exhibition of Lisbon' s history. Visitors should definitely visit the Ogival House, from where they can admire the 17th century door that led to the jails once located in the Castle.
Built with a combination of late-baroque and Renaissance style during the 16th century, the Monastery is one of the most important sights in Lisbon. Its interiors present unique masterpieces of Manueline decoration along with the symbolic tombs of the world-wide famous poet Luis de Camoes and the navigator Vasco de Gama. The Monastery was characterized as cultural heritage of all humanity, by UNESCO in 1984.
This monument was built on the bank of River Tagus in 1960 to honor the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral - discoverer of Brazil - Fernao Magalhaes - who crossed the Pacific in 1520 - and the writer Camoes and many relevant heroes of Portuguese history are shown there. The monument offers a fabulous view from the top.
Built in Manueline style during the Age of Discoveries, in 1520, the Tower served to defend the Tagus River bank. It had once been a symbol of King Joao II. As time went by, the tower served for different reasons such as for customs control point, telegraph station, lighthouse and even as a political prison. UNESCO classified it as world heritage site in 1983.
Christ the King Sanctuary
This sanctuary was built in 1959 on the south bank of River Tagus. The statue of Christ is 110 meters high and offers a magnificent panoramic view over Lisbon and the river Tagus.
National Art Museum
The museum's collection includes seven main categories. These are Painting, Sculpture, Drawings, Engraving, Jewelry, Ceramic, Textile and Furniture from the 12th to the 19th century. You will be able to admire masterpieces of European, African and Oriental art.
Folk Art Museum
The museum's collection primarily consists of regional Portuguese paintings, furniture and ceramics.
Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in the heart of the city, this museum houses a remarkable collection of Portuguese art dating from 1820 up to the present days and gives host to the most significant collection of Portuguese contemporary art including Columbano and Almada Negreiros.
This museum presents a wide collection of traditional puppets from all around the world. Even though the museum aims to provide a general view of puppets from all around the world, special attention is given to the Portuguese Puppet Theater. The museum displays a great range of masks from all around the world. Special collections include: Japanese dolls, oriental masks, oriental puppets, portuguese puppets, stage machinery.
The Museum offers a journey to Lisbon's historical evolution from the prehistoric era to the present day, presenting archaeological finds, paintings and engravings. It is located in a beautiful 17th century palace widely known as Palacio Pimenta.
National Museum of Archaeology
This museum is a part of Jeronimo Monastery since 1903 and holds a magnificent collection of Portuguese archeological finds and objects from the prehistoric era to the medieval and Moslem periods, including fascinating jewelery collections and items from Egypt.
Fado House and Portuguese Guitar Museum
Fado is the characteristic kind of music that was born in Portugal and has very melancholic rhymes and is usually accompanied by the Portuguese guitar. In this museum you can find anything regarding the history of Fado and the Portuguese guitar. It also has a section for temporary exhibitions, a document archive, auditorium, a shop and a coffee shop.
Located in Belem with a beautiful view to the river Tagus, this museum displays the collection of historical maps, boats, model ships, charts, instruments related to the portuguese navy, merchant navy and other maritime activities dating from the Discoveries age to the present. You can also admire a historical seaplane in this museum.
Europe's biggest oceanarium is a magnificent project of Cambridge Seven Associates, which had been directed by the american architect Peter Chermayeff. You can see and learn about hundreds of different kinds of sea life. There are environmental sound capes and interactive media for the visitors, so that they can explore and learn more about life in the sea.
Parque das Nacoes
This park gave host to the last World Exhibition in 1998 Expo. The Expo attracts visitors due to the 21st century modern architecture buildings that it consists of. The best examples are the Portugal Pavilion by Siza Vieira and Gare do Oriente (Oriente Railway Station). Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall is located in the entrance of the park. Here you will also find the Oceanarium, the biggest oceanarium in Europe, an interactive science museum, the so-called Knowledge Pavilion, the Virtual Reality Pavilion, Macau Pavilion, musical performances in the Atlantic Pavilion, bicycle rental, open-air concerts in Sony Square and the city' s tallest building Torre Vasco de Gama. The gardens are another great attraction.