Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, the beautiful city in Europe. Portugal is known for their navigators who sailed to trace new lands in the 15th and 16th centuries. Lisbon city being colourful and vibrant is a popular tourist destination. The city has a rich heritage and has plenty of historic monuments and museums in addition to the many other attractions for the visitors. Here is a list of ‘Most Popular Lisbon Attractions‘.
- George’s Castle
This is one of the most popular and widely visited place in Lisbon. The Castle is located on the top of the hill near Alfama. The visitor can have a view of the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. The castle is a fascinating site with museum; there are sturdy walls and towers that can keep the entire family enjoying. The castle has seen many battles and had fallen to the Christian forces in 1147, whence the victorious king built an Alacova Palace for the Royals. There is an observation terrace where the visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the River Tagius, one can even spot the distant Atlantic Ocean. In one of the towers there is Periscope, this Camera Obscura periscope enables the enthusiastic visitors an unusual 360 degree projected view of the city.
- 16th century Jeronimos Monastery
This is a fabulous monument of historic and cultural significance. It is already declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Monastery was commissioned in the year 1501 by King Manuel I, also known as Hieronymite convent. This was built in honor of the great voyage of 1498, famous for the invention of India by Vasco Da Gama. It was a place of worship, the tomb of Vasco Da Gama is inside the Santa Maria church therein. Read More…
- Lisbon Oceanarium
This is one of the best aquariums in Europe. This was built for Expo 98 World Exposition and was designed by Peter Chermayeff, the aquarium is a wonderful collection and exhibition of marine animals and a variety of fishes. It also houses a number of species of birds. The aquarium represents four separate sea Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Antarctic oceans. The glass is so designed to give fantastic close up look to the visitors. The attractions of the aquarium being the Sea dragon and comic clownfish and in the Antarctic Zone the playful penguins.
- National Museum of Ancient Art
This museum is of great attraction for the tourists. The museum has a large collection of paintings from 15th and 16th centuries depicting the Portuguese culture. The museum is spread in three levels, taking over two hours to see. Level 1 has some remarkable creations made on 1519 and portraits made in 1521, there are also exhibitions of furniture, tapestries and textiles. The garden at the back of the museum deserve a visit, Fine view of the river can be enjoyed from the terrace.
- Belem Tower
The Belem Tower is the most emblematic historical monument of Lisbon. It is the symbol of the extraordinary Age of Discovery of Portugal in the 16th century It was built between 1515 to 1521 as a fortress and the tower is adorned with fanciful maritime motifs. Being extremely valuable historic monument it is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Monument to the age of Discovery
This is a huge monolith over the Belem waterfront, an angular Monument to the Age of Discovery, enormous creation from a single rock carved so as to resemble the prow of a caravel leaning over River Tagus. This was created in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Henry the navigator.
- National Tile Museum
This National Tile Museum is worth a visit as it has a unique collection of decorative tiles. The exhibition displays the evolution of tile making from Moorish days to Spanish influence and then the emergence of Portugal’s own style. They are arranged chronologically, starting from the 15th century. This Museum is closed on Monday and public holidays.
- Archaeological museum
In the Bexta district downtown in the city is this museum built around the excavations that reveal remains from Iron Age and the Roman fish tanks, there is a 5th century burial chamber and other 18th century foundations here.