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
Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon
The Castelo de São Jorge or St. George's Castle was built in the 11th century by the Moors. It was the last stronghold to fall during the recapture of Lisbon by the crusaders in 1147.
National Azulejo Museum, Lisbon
This unique museum showcases the history of azulejos - ceramic tiles - from the 14th century to the present day. The azulejos are displayed in the 15th century Madre de Deus convent, an attraction in itself.
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.
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.

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