Visit the old part of the City...
Visit the old part of the City and the shoping area, what we call Baixa.
You also should not miss the 'Elevadores'. There are three in Lisboa, all near by. There is the Elevador de Santa Justa, Elevador da Gloria and Elevador do Lavra.
Please visit the river front in the Belem area. You can use the tram or the bus to go there. It is really nice. The river, the light and the people who are always helpful.
Public Toilets are few and far between in Lisbon. Of course they are available at all attractions but just walking the streets you will rarely see them. Most café’s (moreso than restaurants) will not mind you using their toilets even if you are not buying anything). For men there will be a “H” on the door and for women there will be a ‘S’.
The Santa Engracia Church is...
The Santa Engracia Church is seen from Alfama and is also the National Pantheon, housing cenotaphs of heroes of Portuguese history. You can also take an elevator up to the dome for views of the area.
For the hate of many women the portuguese developed a specific type of pavement. There are peoples of the world known for several sorts of inventions. Well, portugueses are known for the famous calçada portuguesa. Basically many small granite stones, put one by one in the street. In many places there are basalt and granite stones that make effects such as names of places, waves, faces, etc. The problem is that holes do appear quite often and spaces between the stones are bigger than what they should so, high hells frequently get stuck in there. Not only the portuguese women had to suffer but the portugueses exported the technic throughout the world from Brazil to Macau including Angola and other African countries.
The people that do this work have a special formation to do this art. Besides the streets of Lisbon one of the other places famous for the pavement is Calçadão in Rio de Janeiro.
The first work was done by prisioners in 1842 in Lisbon and after spreaded throughout the country and the world. In Rua da Vitória there is erected a statue to this worker.
Rossio, Liberdade Avenue, Chiado and Parque das Nações are good places to see this art.
To remember the victims of the Inquisition
Most people would probably miss this simple marble structure set in the middle of the walking streets of the old part of Lisbon. This small square, just off the big Rossio square, and on the side of the National Theater (Teatro Dona Maria) is where tourists and locals go when they want a tiny glass of ginginha, the famous cherry liquor being sold on a hole in the wall nearby. They most likely would have passed this small structure, as they go to the streets lined with restaurants with the menu in at least 4 languages. This is also where can be found mostly immigrants just standing about in groups, chatting and enjoying a bit of sun.
This is the liveliest corner in all of Lisbon, where the convergence of all sorts of people just passing by, standing about, the small shops, old buildings, the street musicians on one side, a beggar or two on the church door...all this still evoke something of the romance of the city in old times that border on literary. But for all the vibrancy we see here, this same place was the scene of a gruesome event that took place in the Middle Ages.
The memorial was erected in 2006, five centuries from the event, and says, "In memory of the
thousands of Jews, victims of intolerance and religious fanaticism killed during the massacre which started in 19 April 1506 in this square."
Pay a moment to the memory of the unfortunates whenever you happen to be in the area. Lisbon was not so beautiful all the time, and an awareness of this will give a better context to each visit to this city.