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
National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon
The National Museum of Art is the largest museum in Lisbon, with a varied collection of art objects, many of which were created by Portuguese artists. The museum also has a quiet sculpture garden.
Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon
The Parque Eduardo VII (Edward VII Park) was created at the end of the 19th century. Highlights in the park include a historic pavilion and Estufa Fria, a greenhouse garden.
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.
Igreja do Carmo, Lisbon
The ruins of the Carmo church show the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1755, when numerous buildings in Lisbon collapsed. The Carmo church was built in 1423 and at the time was one of Lisbon's most magnificent churches.

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