Does your next holiday consist of a visit to the capital of Portugal? If such is the case, then you should know that there is a reason for Lisbon being the county’s capital. One, it is the largest city in the country. Two, there are just so many things to see here that will delight even the hardest-to-please person out there. Three, a visit to the city’s capital will provide you with a way to immerse yourself in a rich culture, be with people that are welcoming and friendly, delight in gastronomic treats, and be in a place with so many pretty sights to see that it will take your breath away.
Torre De Belem
The Torre de Belem, or the Tower of Belem in English, is an impressive structure known for its history of being the “guard tower” of the city. Located at River Tagus’s mouth, the small tower, which is noticeably Manueline in style, gave 16th century Portuguese sailors the first sign that they are almost home. Since then, it has become iconic for the city and its people.
The Se De Lisboa Cathedral
Imposing and majestic – two words that can aptly describe the Se de Lisboa Cathedral. This Lisbon cathedral plays a huge role in the establishment of the country’s history, which is why it draws so many tourists every year. It served as the city’s final line of defense as well as a venue for many different events hosted by and for the royalty, including coronations, weddings, and funerals.
Castelo De Sao Jorge
Another must-not-miss place in Lisbon is the Castelo de Sao Jorge, or the Castle of Saint George. You will not have any problems finding it as it towers above the central area of the city. It served as the seat of power during ancient times and for a considerable length of time too. For more than 400 years, the towering castle was home to those of royal descent. Nowadays, thousands and thousands of people come to visit the palace to marvel in its glory while also feeling the mystery and the power of the people it once protected.
Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos
The Jeronimos Monastery, known to the Portuguese people as the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, is no doubt the most extravagant building of religious nature in the entire country. While the original plans for the monastery were modest and simple, its construction took a lot longer, due to the levying of the 5% tax on all the trading activities happening at that time in the city. The church, in all its glory, is definitely one of the most artistic structures in Lisbon, thanks to the amazing engineering prowess of the people who built it.
Praca Do Comercio
Last, but not the least, is the Praca do Comercio, which is the grandest and the biggest square in city. The main purpose for its construction was for it to serve as the gateway for outsiders to the country. Products that came from colonies were traded here, with it being a commercial area for traders and merchants. All in all, the square, for many years, served as a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth back in the 18th century. To get the best view, head to the top most level of the Arco da Rua Augusta.