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
Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
The Gulbenkian Museum has an excellent art collection, spanning an era from 2000 BC to the early 20th century. The museum's art collection was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian petrol magnate.
Sé Cathedral, Lisbon
The Sé, Lisbon's Cathedral, was built in the 12th century, shortly after the city was captured from the Moors. Despite many renovations, the church has retained much of its original Romanesque appearance.
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.
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.

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