Commissioned by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, the convent was built in 1389 and today bears witness to the 1755 earthquake, which, devastating though it was, did not completely destroy one of the most impressive monuments of the Portuguese Gothic style.
The building houses the Portuguese Archaeological Museum, whose collection, although small, encompasses over three thousand years of history.
Bica and Glória Funiculares
Classed as National Monuments in 2002, Lisbon´s traditional funiculars offer na experience that lets visitors experience the city´s ambience first hand.
Overlooking the town from the top of one of Lisbon´s highest hills, the castle is the city’s most emblematic and most visited monument. Classed as a National Monument in 1910, it has undergone major restoration work over the years, resulting in its current grandeur.
This is one of the most importante religious buildings of Portugal. Its construction was ordered by the first Portuguese King, Dom Afonso Henriques, and it still retains a character that is reminiscent of a mediaeval fortress. Combining Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque influences, it has been refurbished several times over the years.
Standing out from Lisbon´s cityscape thanks to its grandiose dome, this beautiful Baroque temple is the burial site for many of Portugal's most important historical personalities.
One of the largest churches dedicated to Lisbon’s patron saint.
Built in the 16th century for Brás de Albuquerque, president of the senate and the son of the famous Vice-Roy of India, Afonso de Albuquerque, the building's façade is covered in small stone pyramids. Renovated in 1983, when two storeys were added, it currently houses the José Saramago Foundation where the write's collection is kept.
Located at the site where the patron saint of Portugal is believed to have been born, this church was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Inside , the sacristy walls are decorated with 18th century tiles.
Making the entrance to the city centre, Lisbon's grand Triumphal Arch was designed at the time of the Marquis of Pombal but only completed in 1873. At the top, it bears the Latin inscription, “To the Greater Virtues” and in the lower down personification of the Tagus and Douro rivers are depicted side by side with four Portuguese heroes: Viriato, Vasco da Gama, the Marquis of Pombal and Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira.
The neo-gothic metallic structure was built in the late 19th century by Mesnier de Ponsard, who may have been a disciple of Eiffel
Also known as the National Museum of contemporary Art, this museum takes visitors on a journey throught the history of Portuguese art from the second half of the 19th century to the present day. This is truly a must-see collection for anyone who wants to know more about this kind of art.
The museum of science, the Zoology and Antropology section of the Natural History Museum, the Museum of the Geology and Mining Institute and the Botanical Gardens are all located next to each other.
Located underground below the square called Praça do Príncipe Real, this reservoir, which can hold 880m3 of water, has 31 pillars and is 9.25 metres high. The domes are supported by a number of masonry arches. Previously responsible for the supply of water to the downtown area, it has not been in operation since the 1940s.
This impressively lavish church once belonged to the Jesuits and is one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque decoration. Right next to it is a museum with many beautiful collections of religious art.
The building housing the museum – the former Monastery of the Mother of God – and the quality of the typically Portuguese tiles on display, make it worth a visit. Exhibits dating back to the 16th century show visitors how the Portuguese made an art out of decoration with tiles.
Housed in the former headquarters of the Banco Nacional Ultramarino, the museum’s expansive range of exhibits features over 2,500 items from the Francisco Capelo collection. Furniture and small practical objects reflect the main trends and inclinations of design, while clothing, footwear and accessories weave the history of fashion.
Film cycles, themed exhibitions and an expansive library are the attractions for regular film buffs.
At the very edge of the Bairro Alto, this garden was renovated in 2008 and features an emblematic viewpoint affording a spectacular view over urban and ancient Lisbon and its castle, as attested by the panel by Fred Kradolfer, representative of the city´s main points of interest that can be seen from here.
Also known as the viewpoint of the Adamastor because of the stone statue that represents this monster from the Portuguese epic poem by Camões, “Os Lusíadas”.
Affording a magnificent view over the city and its castle, there is also an outdoor café that stays open late on summer evenings.
Hidden away on the highest point in the city, there is a chapel here in honour of Saint Genesius.
Located near the square called Largo das Portas do Sol and the ancient Wall of Alfama, the splendid view from here takes in S. Vicente de Fora, the Pantheon and the River Tagus.
Built in 1793, this was the first building with a neoclassical façade in Lisbon.
Inaugurated in 1894, this theatre has already undergone several refurbishments. The one in 2002 gave it a boldly modern appearance.
Inaugurated in 1867, this is still considered to be one of Lisbon’s most stylish theatres.
This new playhouse in the capital was born in 2011 in a space that was previously an old printing house.
Overlooking the square popularly known as the Rossio, this neoclassical façade was built on the site previously occupied by the Palace of the Estaus and the Court of the Inquisition. The columns at the entrance belonged to the former Church of Saint Francis, which was destroyed during the earthquake, and the founding of the theatre owes much to the efforts of the playwright Almeida Garrett.