15 Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon

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Map of Attractions in Lisbon

National Azulejo Museum

Building work on the Palício da Pena palace began in 1837. However, the plan did not come to fruition until the 1870s, under the reign of Dom Pedro.

The Palício da Pena is built on a hill and is not open to the public. However, the Palace can be seen from the rooftop of the National Azulejo Museum.

The building is constructed of stone, and inspired by the Manueline style, one of the ­most significant architectural movements in Portugal during the 15th century.

During the reign of Dom João IV, the palace was totally redesigned and reconstructed in the neoclassical style.

The Palício da Pena has the greatest collection of azulejos in the world. The azulejos in the building are also better preserved because they were well protected in the case of damage.

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Time Out Market Lisboa

This is one of my favorite places to shop. There are many "hip" stores in this market, so you can spend the day running around and getting lost in the cool stores. One of the cool things about this market is the people watching. You can sit at one of the many cafes and have a drink while watching the people promenade by.

Cristo Rei Statue

The Christ the King Statue is an incredible pre-Romanesque masterpiece. It was inspired by the Pantocrator. The original statue was ordered during the reign of Manuel I the Great, and it completely deposed the paganism of the pre-Romanism period. The resulting statue was called the “Saint King.

The christ the king statue was finished in the same time period, but was a total destruction. Then it was gradually rebuilt as a Christian symbol, but with a long history.

The Cristo Rei Statue is situated on the hill of the three crosses in Lisbon, near the São Vicente de Fora Church. Its base of the statue measures 6 meters but its height is about twenty-three meters, and is made of granite.

The sculpture stands over a hill where three crosses are in a triangle. At the equilateral base, it measures 35.3 meters high. It is the 6th largest statue of Jesus Christ after the La Sagrada Familia, The Göebel Adam and the Cristo Redentor in Brazil.

The statue was loved by the Catholic Portuguese and slavic and it promises a beautiful sight from almost every point in Lisbon.

Praca do Comercio

Monument to the Discoveries

Museu Gulbenkian

Rossio Square (Pedro IV Square)

Added to the list of Sacred Art Sites, in 1867, the Rossio Square was inaugurated in order to develop the urban tissue of the capital, in the framework of the relocation of buildings.

During this time, Rossio Square was not yet a square, but a large median that linked the Rossio and the circle.

The building of the square was led by Franciscan friars, who constructed the convent, at the end of the 17th century.

The creation of the square was inspired by the architecture of the French gardens, and was one of the first urban gardens in a European city.

In 1843, it was closed due to lack of maintenance and was completely remodeled in 1852.

Later, in 1867, it was added to the list of Sacred Art Sites.

Its significant architecture and numerous fine architectural details are worthy of recognition, as well as the breadth of its large paved area, which was designed so that horse-riding competitions and spectacles, such as bullfighting, could take place.

The large cultural importance of this square was also the purpose for which the Royal Portuguese Academy of Sciences was relocated, in 1864.

Today, it is a bustling hub of shops and restaurants that work both day and night.4

Santa Justa Elevator

The oldest of the four elevators in Belém, the Santa Justa elevator was built in 1873, and it is the only of its kind that is still used daily. The elevator is 64 meters (210 ft) and is thus the only one that can carry 12 wagons (30 tons) of cargo at the same time. This is because, unlike the other three elevators, it can move in both directions. It can be used to transport anything from trucks to troop carriers. The ride comes to a stop on the 32nd floor and leaves for the first floor on the 84th.

Alfama

It is a traditional neighborhood located in the southwest area of the city. It was incorporated into the city of Lisbon in 1833, and since then has been the site of numerous resisting movements.

It is an area of the city which is well appreciated for its natural beauty, especially across Porto de Mogora.

It is an area of the city that observes a great number of festivals, of which the most traditional is the festival of St. Anthony. The festival of St. Anthony is held on the third Sunday in June.

Lisbon Oceanarium

Jeronimos Monastery

Tram 28

Sao Jorge Castle

The first structure that you’ll see when approaching the castle is the Fountain of Death, one of the most important symbols of Lisbon, both as a city and country. Remember that this country has been an island country for so long that the idea of the death was more purposeful and it wasn’t just a morbid theme.

A giant statue of a horse, atop a fountain, spouting a waterfall that trickles to the ocean. It is in a prime location, atop one of the highest cliffs in Lisbon, looking over the city, and the cold Atlantic. It’s the perfect setting for a king to enjoy his idle time, sipping fine wine and relaxing with his royal court.

An approach to this castle will take you down historic streets, over large bridges and under one of the five bridges that cross the Tagus River. Sixty-seven steps to the entrance, the doors are quintessentially red and gold.

Restored and reconstructed in the 17th century, the Castle of Sao Jorge is made of evenly cut basalt stone blocks and they definitely go the extra mile by adorning the main courtyard with rose gardens and yew hedges.

The castle was originally started by Afonso Henriques in 1140, but his grandson, King Sancho rebuilt it in the early 13th century.

Belem Tower

The Belem tower is a beautiful church from the 13th century and until 1891 was the tallest building in the world. Despite its old age, the tower still catches your eyes due to its beautiful architecture and stonework.

It was a prime destination for photographers back in the day because there were a lot of windows from which one could take a decent photo of the city.

Today, that tradition can be recreated between the buildings that surround the tower. Even though there is a price to climb up the tower, there is also a way to pay it for museum members only.

To get to this place, there is a beautiful monument that can be seen while driving into the city. Enjoy your visit with the views back into the city as you descend into the city. And don't forget to look up because this city has some of the most beautiful views of the entire city.