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
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a magnificent monastery built in the early 16th century. The monastery is the most impressive example of the Manueline architecture style, a Portuguese variant of high Gothic.
Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon
The Vasco da Gama bridge is a 17 km long bridge that spans the estuary of the Tagus river. The modern bridge opened in 1998 to relieve congestion on the older April 25 Bridge.
Praça Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon
The roundabout known as the Praça do Marquês de Pombal is dominated by a monument dedicated to the Marquis of Pombal, a powerful minister who gained respect for his efficient leadership after the earthquake of 1755.
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.

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