Category Archives: Monuments

December 30

17 Reasons to visit Lisbon in 2017

Lisbon’s popularity as a travel destination has been rising every year. Lisbon’s fame is not in vain. The city is flourishing as never seen before. Now its seven hills became its seven vibrant stages for fun, food and folks. Conde Nast Traveler placed Lisbon as one of the 17 destinations to visit in 2017, among […]

October 23

New urban Art work in Lisbon – André Saraiva

André Saraiva reveals his new urban art work in Lisbon

March 01

Monument of Discoveries

Inaugurated in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, this iconic caravel-shape monument protrudes over the river in celebration of the city’s illustrious seafaring history. Led by Henry at the helm, a further 32 carved figures of legendary navigators, cartographers, kings and patrons evoke the city’s unrivalled maritime expansion. Head inside for […]

Palácio Da Fronteira was originally built as a hunting pavilion February 17

Palácio da Fronteira

Fronteira Palace, often called the Palace of the Marquises, occupies a rural location in Lisbon’s northwest suburb of Benfica. Don´t miss the terraced walk and the beautiful fountains The private property, open to visitors, was originally built as a hunting pavilion for João de Mascarenhas in 1640 and features splendid reception rooms decorated with tiles, panels, contemporary furniture […]

January 18

Santa Justa Elevator

Also known as the ‘Elevator of Carmo’, this impressive 45-meter (147-ft) iron structure links downtown Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo. Opened in 1902 (and originally powered by steam), it was built by the Portuguese-born French architect, Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard, apprentice to Gustave Eiffel (note the similarities to the Eiffel Tower!) Take the […]

January 18

Tower of Belém

  Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, this one-time defensive fortress and ceremonial gateway to Lisbon was built in the early 16th century during Portugal’s golden Age of Discovery. The tower was ordered by King João II and dedicated to the patron saint of Lisbon, St Vincent. A striking example of Manueline architecture – a Portuguese late […]

January 07

Jerónimos Monastery

A masterpiece of Manueline architecture, the Monastery’s flamboyant decoration includes detailed sculptures of maritime symbols and motifs. The build was ordered by Manuel I (1495-1521) to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s successful return from India. It replaced Ermida do Restelo (a hermitage that was previously founded by Henry the Navigator) and was funded by treasure accumulated from Lisbon’s overseas explorations and […]