Lisbon is an interesting City with a mix of architectural styles, where you can see historical churches, monasteries, and monuments.
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Here are some places to visit during your stay in Portugal:
You can visit this defensive tower built in the 16th century in ornate Manueline style with Moorish features. It is a UNESCO world Heritage Site, and has come to symbolise the Portuguese Age of Discovery. This impressive fortress is well preserved and has many interesting features, including the bartizan turrets, the crosses of the Order of Christ, royal coat of arms of King Manuel I and interior rib vaulted ceilings.
The Jeronimos Monastery
Situated close to the Belem Tower, this is a beautiful former monastery commissioned by King Manuel I for the order of Hieronymite monks, during the 16th century. It is built in Manueline style with intricate decorative details and, along with the Belem Tower, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the impressive tombs in the Church are those of King Manuel I and Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama.
You can visit this historic Cathedral, which is City’s oldest church, dating to the 12th century. The Cathedral has a range of architectural styles, having been altered over the years and restored after a number of earthquakes, particularly the mid 18th century earthquake in the City. The Romanesque facade with its two towers is imposing and fortress like in style, and in the Cathedral are a number of splendid tombs including that of King Afonso IV in the main chapel.
Monument to the Discoveries
This is a colossal monument that honours the great Portuguese Age of Discovery in the 1400’s and 1500’s, and was sculpted in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, based on an earlier monument made for the Portuguese World Fair in 1940. The sculpture resembles an early Portuguese exploration ship, and has many detailed sculpted figures from the Age of Discovery including that of Henry the Navigator, as well as other Portuguese explorers and prominent figures from the time. Inside there are several floors and includes an auditorium with an exhibition about the City’s history, and from the top you can have great views across the surrounding area.
National Museum of Ancient Art
This Museum houses a wide range of beautiful artworks dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, and include both national and international works. Among the prominent Portuguese works here is the 15th century Panels of St. Vincent by Nuno Goncalves. Works by international artists include those by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Durer, van Dyck, Hieronymus Bosch, and other exhibits housed at the Museum include illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, furniture and tapestries.
For a enjoyable family day out, you can visit this great Zoo with a large variety of animals, bird and reptiles from around the world, including elephants, hippos, gorillas, chimps, rhinos, jaguars and Siberian tigers. You can also watch regular feeding sessions and enjoy the wonderful dolphin shows, popular with everyone.
Housed at the Jeronimos Monastery, in this Museum visitors can see a collection of fascinating historical Portuguese naval exhibits. Among the collections are scale models of ships from the 1400’s onwards, instruments used in navigation, paintings and historic maps and charts. You can also see the Santa Cruz that flew across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1920’s.
The Lisbon Oceanarium
This is a fascinating place to come with all the family where you can see a wide and varied collection of marine creatures and wonderful displays. You can see a range of habitats here, including tropical coral reefs, the Antarctic coast and the North Atlantic. Among the many species are sharks, sunfish, rays, jellyfish, starfish, seahorses, octopuses, sea otters and penguins.
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