Lisbon is definitely one of the most spectacular cities that you can ever visit not only in Portugal but in the whole world. It basically has everything that that you can look for – from sine outdoor restaurants to high end shopping districts to scenic beaches – Lisbon has definitely got it all.
Aside from these things though, there are many other attractions that Lisbon is famous for. Here are three of the city’s best attractions and landmarks for your eyes to feast on.
Sao Roque Church
From the outside, Sao Roque Church may not look much. It is plain looking, not much ornate designs or intricate patterns on the walls and façade. It’s not even as big as some basilicas or cathedrals. So what makes this church special? Well, you’ll find out when you get inside, because basically, this may just be the “most expensive chapel in the world” you’ve ever gone to. The chapel is constructed using precious materials and stones, like ivory, lapis lazuli, and silver and gold. Can you just imagine a church filled with all these? Inside the church are carefully crafted mosaics – so beautiful that you would think they were hand painted by master painter. Adjoining the church is the Museum of Sacred Art where you get to see paintings from the 1500s, as well as some expensive collection of bronze and silver.
St. George’s Castle
This castle was the built sometime in the 6th century, and was originally owned by several of the world’s most warring races: Romans, Visgoths and Moors. The castle also became the home of Portugal’s first king – Alfonso Henriques – after it was captured back in the 12th century. However, natural disasters like earthquakes and other natural calamities brought the castle walls crumbling down. Of course, much of the old castle still remains, and inside you’ll find a statue of the first king, as well as some ancient cannons. There is also an archaeological museum there. However, the best part of the visit would be the climb to the towers, which lead to excellent views of the city and surrounding areas.
The monastery is built in the 16th century as commemoration for one of Portugal’s pride – Vasco Da Gama – and the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom most of Da Gama’s Success are attributed. As such, inside the monastery you’ll find the tomb of Da Gama, by the entrance to the monastery. Aside from him though, another famous son of Portugal is entombed therein – Luis de Camoes, a poet and the author of The Luisiads, an epic detailing the voyages and successes of Da Gama. The monastery itself is a beautiful piece of work, which boasts of intricately designed columns and arches. It has a wide central lawn and a fountain that is best when illuminated at night.
Portugal was once a world power during the Age of Discovery, and much of their strength, wealth and reputation can still be seen when travelling around Lisbon.
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