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.
Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon
At the center of this expansive square stands a tall monument erected in the 19th century to commemorate the Restauradores - the restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain in 1640.
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.
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.

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