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Sights in Lisbon

Which sights in Lisbon should not be missed? Discover the best attractions, famous monuments, incredible museums and unique sights of Lisbon!

Top 12 sights in Lisbon

In Lisbon it's all about the good life. Falling in love with this city located on the Tagus simply happens to you. The city is located on 7 hills, from where you will be treated to unforgettable views of the city. Despite the earthquake and great fire of 1755, there are still many historical sights in Lisbon. Visit the many churches, an impressive monastery or an ancient castle. If you like to explore the cultural and culinary side of the city you have plenty of options to discover the charm of Lisbon. Taste the famous Pastéis de Nata or listen to Fado in the old district of Alfama. These are the top sights in Lisbon.

Alfama

Lisbon's oldest district was pretty much spared in the 1755 earthquake. It is a picturesque district with narrow, winding streets and stairs. It's famous for its many small bars where traditional fado music is played every night.

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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The best example of the graceful Manueline style. This architectural style was widely used in Portugal and is named after King Manuel I. This monastery was commissioned by the king and Vasco da Gama and his men spend their last night here before their successful voyage to India.

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Ponte 25 de Abril

On 25 April 1975, the Carnation Revolution brought an end to the dictatorial regime in Portugal. This magnificent steel suspension bridge over the Tagus is named after this historic day. From the bridge you have a beautiful view on Lisbon and the statue of Christ.

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Torre de Belém

A historic building and a beautiful viewpoint. This defensive tower was built when Portugal ruled the world's oceans and originally stood on a sandbank in the Tagus River. Due to the earthquake in 1755 the course of the Tagus River changed. Because of this the tower is now practically on the mainland. The Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos / Monument of the Discoveries

This monument was built in 1960, exactly 500 years after the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. The monument itself evokes mixed reactions, but inside is an interesting multimedia performance about the history of Portugal.

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Museu Nacional do Azulejo

If you look around you can see them all over Lisbon: azulejos, or tin-glazed ceramic tilework. The National Museum of the Azulejo is dedicated to the history, the development and the technique used. Furthermore you can see the largest tile panel of Portugal: the 12 meter long 'Panorama of Lisbon'.

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Tram 28

Tram 28 is one of the famous icons of Lisbon. This world-famous tram line takes you along a beautiful route through the old quarters of the city. With its many steep, narrow streets and sharp bends, the classic 1930s Remodelado tram is the only tram that can cover this route. A ride on this historic tram is definitely worth it (but watch out for pickpockets)!

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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

The accommodation of the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) is at least as beautiful as the collection. The paintings of the so-called Portuguese School are beautifully displayed in this 17th century palace.

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Castelo de São Jorge

The São Jorge Castle towers high above Lisbon. Along with many parts of Lisbon the castle was also damaged by the 1755 earthquake, but parts of it were beautifully restored. The view from the castle walls is breathtaking.

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Street Art

Lisbon's street art scene is one of the most vibrant in Europe. Scattered throughout the city you can find a wide variety of works, from large colourful murals to subtle hidden works. Exploring the street art in Lisbon is definitely worth it, as the city has such a big diversity on display.

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian collected an impressive collection of art from Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and Asia during his lifetime. In the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum you'll also find works by European painters.

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Parque das Naçoes

This park is a remnant of the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition (Expo '98). The Oceanarium is Europe's largest aquarium and the Knowledge Pavilion, where children can do scientific experiments in a playful manner, are popular attractions of the Park of the Nations.

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