Architecture, monuments, and structures, Lisbon
Favorite thing: This monument was built in 1960 to celebrate the 500th birth anniversary of Henry the Navigator. Its located not far from the Belem Tower at the shore line. One of the figures next to Henry the Navigator on the monument is Christopher Columbus.
Favorite thing: Praça do Comercio is a square right in the center of the city and facing the Tagus River. It is quite beautiful. Its beautiful triumphal arch represents 'glory, valor, and genious.' It also includes sculptures of Portuguese heroes such as Vasco da Gama.
Favorite thing: The Belem Tower is Lisbon's most famous landmark. Built in the Portuguese Manueline style in the 16th century as the watchtower for the explorers' ships, it is a beautful building, listed as a World Heritage monument.
Favorite thing: Visiting Alfama is stepping into a medieval village without leaving a major capital city. Walking around its cobbled streets all the way to the castle which offer breathtaking views of the city was one of my favorite Lisbon experiences. Don't miss it.
Favorite thing: Lisbon's Golden Gate sister, the 25 de Abril Bridge can be seen from the Belem district, from where there are also views to the Monument to Christ. To reach this monument you must take a ferry from Cais do Sodre station to Cacilhas, from where there are buses that stop right below the pedestal. All of Lisbon can be seen from the top.
Favorite thing: The Vasco da Gama bridge is a Cable-stayed bridge and it was inaugurated on the 4th of April 1998. Vasco da Gama is the largest bridge in Europe with a length of 17.2 km (10 miles), 10 km of which are over the river Tagus and it is located right next to the Parque das Nações.
Elevador de Santa Justa: this Neogotic elevator, also known as 'Elevador do Carmo' was build around 1900 by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard a pupil of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
The fire that ruined a big part of the Chiado-area 25th August 1988, was stopped near this location.
You need to buy a ticket if you want to go up.
It doesn't connect to the nearby hill anymore but you can go to the top and marvel at the view up there.
There is also a cafetaria where you can order something to drink that goes well with the view.
Don't forget to take your camera, zoom lenses and enjoy!
This is the gate that gives way to the Baxia area, viewed from the Praça do Comércio
Locals call it the Terreiro do Paço, Square of the Palace, because during 400 years, it was the site where the royal palace was.
In 1511 Manual I moved it to a better location along the river.
The first palace was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755.
The walls first were painted republican pink but afterwards they were painted in royal yellow again.
Usually all visitors start their visit at "Praca do Comércio", so did we (but arrived with the metro, not with the boat!!)
The huge bronze statue of Dom José I welcomes everybody.!).
This used-to-be a multipurpose building (fortress, royal residence and prison) and it offers splendid views in all directions.
Little remains of the palace are still left.
There is a restaurant and a small café where refreshments can be taken before moving on.
From the top of Cristo Rei we can appreciate the 25 de Abril bridge, it is similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The 25th of April Bridge it is also known as Bridge over the Tagus. It was inaugurated in 1966 with the name 'Salazar Bridge', the dictator who had it built. It was later renamed to commemorate the 'Carnation Revolution' that happened on the 25th of April 1974, when the soldiers placed carnations in the muzzles of their rifles as they led the revolt against the world's longest dictatorship.
We cross the long bridge (2.278km long) to go to Almada and visit Cristo Rei Sanctuary.
Astounding view we had from there.
The Vasco da Gama bridge reaches 11km across the River Tagus and is one of the longest bridges in the world. This is not a good picture, but, believe me, it's very hard to see the other end of the bridge from one side of the river.
The bridge was officially open on March 31, 1998.
Favorite thing: The tower was built for the EXPO '98 and is located at the northern entrance of the Parque das Naçoes. An elevator gives you the chance to see the area from the top. If you're hungry, you can have lunch in the revolving restaurant inside the tower.
The Parque das Nações is located in the eastern part of the city of Lisbon, straddling the Lisbon and Loures city limits.
If you want to get there by metro, then take the Oriente Line (the Red Line) and the stop is Oriente.
The area the Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations) is located in was renewed for the EXPO '98 and many say that the exposition's success depended on the urban remake and the environmental clean-up of the area, a former industrial area.
Fondest memory: I loved the fountains in the Parque as they were CRAZY, sprinkling water here and there :) And it was so hot that people took the chance to have a shower!