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Praca do Comercio
The Praca do Comercio is the grand entrance to the city from the waterfront. Before the great earthquake (1755) it was home to the royal palace.
At present some of the arcaded buildings house government offices. The"Lisboa Welcome Center" is also located here. In the middle of the square stands a 14 m tall statue of King Jose I on a horse.
The Praca do Comercio is located at the southern end of the Baxia district, just on the waterfront. The nearest metro stop is "Baixa Chiado", but many trams stop directly at the square. You can also catch tram #15 to Belem here.
Parque das Nacoes
The Parque das Nacoes (Park of Nations) was built for the World Fair EXPO 1998. The huge area with its wide walkways lined with fountains, palm trees, cafes and futuristic buildings is a complete contrast to Lisbon's Old Town.
The main attractions include the Oceanium, the Vasco da Gama viewing tower and a cable car which runs along the whole site parallel to the waterfront.
Numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants offer scenic views of the sie inlcuding the Vasco da Gama bridge. With 17,2 km in length it is the longest bridge in Europe.
The Parque das Nacoes is situated about 5 km east of Lisbon's city centre. The nearest metro stop is the futuristic "Oriente Station" (red line). From there you can walk through the Vasco da Gama Shopping centre in the direction of the waterfront.
Ponte 25 de Abril seen from Alcantara
One of the things I really like about Lisbon are its impressive bridges over the Tejo. Especially the Ponte 25 de Abril is well worth seeing.
The iron suspension bridge looks very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is 2,3 km long and was inaugurated in 1966. Its former name was "Salzar Bridge" after the name of the dictator who had built it.
The Ponte 25 de Abril leads from Alcantara on the northern side of the Tejo to Almada on the southern bank of the river. To get to Alcantara take tram #15 from Praca do Comercio and get off somewhere near the bridge.
Another possibilty is to take a suburban train from Cais Sodre to Alcantara.
Sao Vicente de Fora Church
The Sao Vicente de Fora Church was inaugurated in 1629, but heavily damaged during the earthquake in 1755.
The Renaissance Church was once located outside the city walls; hence the name "de Fora" meaning "on the outside".
The cloisters of the church are decorated with many Portugues tiles (azulejos).
The Sao Vicente de Fora Church is located at the eastern end of the Alfama district. There is a tram stop of line #28 just in front of the church.
Convento do Carmo
The Convento do Carmo (Carmo Church) used to be the largest church in Lisbon.
It was built between 1389 and 1423 in Gothic style, but was half-destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.
Only the Gothic arches and walls survived the earthquake. Nowadays the former main altar is home to a small archeological museum with treasures of Portuguese monasteries.
The Convento do Carmo is located at the beautiful Largo do Carmo in the Chiado district. It can be reached with the Elevador de Santa Justa.
Elevador de Santa Justa
The neo-Gothic Elevador Santa Justa is probably Lisbon's most popular lift. The 45 m tall structure was built between 1900 and 1902 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard who was an apprentice of Gustav Eiffel.
The lift connects the Baixa with the Bairro Alto district. Apart from that it offers splendid views of the Baixa.
A return ticket is 2,40 Euro (2006), but you can also enter the viewing platform for free when coming from Lago do Carmo in the Bairro Alto district.
The Elevador de Santa Justa is located in the Baixa district, just in between the Rossio square and the Praca do Comercio. The nearest metro stop is "Baixa-Chiado" (blue and green line).
Praca dos Restauradores
The Restauradores Square commemorates Portugal's liberation from 60 years of Spanish rule in 1640. In the centre of the square is a 30 m tall obelisk which was built in 1886.
Apart from that the square is home to some interesting buildings like the luxurious Avenida Palace hotel, the Foz Palace, the Art Deco Hotel Eden. Finally Restauradores is also the terminus of the Elevador da Gloria.
The Restauradores Square is situated in the heart of the Baixa district, just north of the Rossio Square. The nearest metro stop is "Restauradores" (blue line).
Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio)
The Rossio Square, also known as Praca Dom Pedro IV, is one of the most beautiful and busiest squares of Lisbon.
The square is home to the statue of Dom Pedro IV who was the first king of independent Brazil. Apart from that, you find Baroque fountains and mosaic-cobbled pavements here.
Important buildings around the square include the Dona Maria II National Theatre, the Cafe Nicola from 1929 and the Church
Igreja de Sao Domingos.
The Rossio Square is situated in the heart of the Baixa district, just south of the Restauradores Square. The nearest metro stop is "Rossio" (green line).
Lisbon's Cathedral is called "The Se" and it was the first church in the city. The Romanesque and Gothic style building was inaugurated in 1150, but damaged by earthquakes in 1344 and 1755.
With its two solid towers it has a fortress-like apperance. The interior is not too exciting, but worth a quick look.
The Cathedral Se is located at the Lago da Se in the eastern part of the Baixa district. The route of tram #28 leads directly along the Cathedral.
Castelo de Sao Jorge
Lisbon's Castelo de Sao Jorge (Saint George Castle) used to be the seat of the royals until the late 15th century.
Due to its location on one of Lisbon's hills the ancient castle with its towers and nice gardens is a popular tourist excursion.
Spectacular views of the city and the river Tejo can be enjoyed on a walk along the well-preserved ramparts.
The Castelo de Sao Jorge is perched on the highest of Lisbon’s seven hills, so it can't be missed. Take tram #28 to Miradouro de Santa Luzia and then follow the signs uphill.
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