closeThe origin of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, goes back to 1200 BC. Thanks to famous Portuguese explorers such as Vasco da Gama the city became a global player and a major trade center.
Despite a disastrous earthquake wich destroyed much of the city in 1755, Lisbon has a charming historic center. Several magnificent buildings such as the Belém Tower and the Hieronymites Monastery are reminiscent of Lisbon's heyday.
Random Lisbon Highlights
Torre de Belém, Lisbon
Portugal's most famous monument was built in the early 16th century in the Tagus river to protect the city from enemy invasion. The fortress is beautifully decorated with limestone carvings and maritime ornaments.
Ajuda Botanical Garden, Lisbon
The Botanical Garden of Ajuda is one of the nicest gardens in Lisbon. Main attractions are a large 18th century fountain and a 400 year old dragon tree.
Rossio, Lisbon
Rossio is the bustling heart of Lisbon. The square is decorated with fountains and a tall monument honoring king Pedro IV. Rossio square is bordered by several important buildings, most notably the National Theater.
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon
After the earthquake of 1755 destroyed much of downtown Lisbon, a large reconstruction project was started with this large square as the main focal point. At its center stands a monument dedicated to king José I.

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