elevator/lift of Gloria lisbon
This is a popular elevator or lift funicular right off the praça restauradores that takes you from downtown to the Bairro Alto district.
The best here is that you can go from the great ambiance modern of restauradores to the picturesque old world of bairro alto .
I admit walk by here many times and it was on this last trip that took a glimpse of the elevator...Related to:
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Bridge of 25 April Lisbon
This is the ponte 25 Abril in Lisbon. in Portuguese more of it here
A wonderful suspension bridge over the Tajo river of Lisbon. Its a sight to see in the distance and wonderful to cross by car. It is said to be compare to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco and it was built by an American company as well.
The history of it is that it was built 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. This was a day of "bloodless revolution." In the Carnation Revolution, the soldiers placed carnations in the muzzles of their rifles as they led the revolt against the world's longest dictatorship.
I was given a ride by bus to see it for the pictures.Related to:
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The Elevador de Santa Justa
The Elevador de Santa Justa is a large late 19th century elevator built by the architect, Raul Mesnier. The elevator connects you from the Baixa district with the Bairro Alto and Chaido districts. In my opinion it is hardly a must see and is an attraction that will take up about fifteen minutes of your time if you want to get a good view of Lisbon and to go up the Barrio Alto without walking up a steep hill. It costs a whopping 3 Euros to take and the line up can get quite long. The Elevador de Santa Justa is open for 7am to 11pm daily.
Russian Orthodox Church
I found by chance this small Russian church in Alfama area. It was open and could visit it inside in the afternoon. There are many Ukrainian workers in Lisbon, and all of the faithfull people that went there to pray or to baptize a new born child, were from Ukraine.Related to:
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Teatro Nacional D Maria II, Lisbon
located at Praça Dom Pedro Iv, Lisbon, tel +351 21 325 0800. This is a wonderful building and even better to see a play here.
A bit of history I like.
The National Theater opened its doors on April 13, 1846, during the celebrations of the 27 anniversary of Queen Maria II (1819-1853), therefore it displays her name. The history of the Teatro Nacional d. Maria II begins ten years before its opening.
Following the revolution of September 9, 1836, Passos Manuel assumes the direction of the Government and in charge, by Royal Decree, gave it to present "without loss of time, a plan for the Foundation and organization of a National Theater, which, being a school of taste, contributing to civilization and moral improvement of the Portuguese nation".
Between 1836, date of creation, and 1846, date of its inauguration, the existing and decrepit Theater of the Rua dos Condes functioned as interim national theatre. After much controversy, the place chosen to install the final national theatre were the rubble of Estaús Palace, former seat of the Inquisition and that, also in 1836, had been destroyed by a fire. The choice of an Italian architect Fortunato Lodi, to design and execute the national theatre was not exempt from criticism and only in 1842 Almeida Garrett manages to initiate the works.
After the establishment of the Republic, was renamed Teatro Nacional de Almeida Garrett. In 1964, the National Theater was the scene of a brutal fire that spared only the exterior walls and the entrance to the building. The building that we know today, and which respects the original neoclassical style, was completely rebuilt and reopened its doors in 1978.
In March 2004, the Teatro Nacional d. Maria II was transformed into a public limited company of public capital, and is managed by its own administration and subject to supervision and tutelage of the ministries of finance and culture. In 2007, TNDM II was integrated in the business sector of the State.
if no time for a show, ticketing at wednesdays to Fridays 11h - 22h, and Saturdays from 14h to 22h Tuesdays and Sundays from 14h to 19h
if indeed cant get there the wonderful Library boutique has great gifts contact for orders at email
open wednesdays to Saturdays from 15h to 22h, and Tuesdays and Sundays from 15h to 19hRelated to:
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Jardim do Torel (Torel's Garden)
I have found this garden and viewpoint when I worked near it.
Although living in Lisbon, i've never heard of it, so I believe it's a well kept secret.
It's a beautiful garden, with a lot of fontains and trees and an excellent view over Lisbon.The view you get from Lisbon is really high, so you get to see Lisbon in an excellent way.
After some renewal, there is a café where you can sit, relax and enjoy it.
You can go up to Jardim do Torel using the "Elevador do Lavra". It's the oldest elevator in Lisbon and really fun.Related to:
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From Lisbon, to get to Cristo Rei, you have to get the Fertagus train. It is, by itself, a really nice experience as you will cross the Tejo river by train.
There, you can choose to only enjoy the view of Lisbon from the other side of the river or go up Cristo Rei!
The views from the top are even more great, as you are really high and can see much of Lisbon from another perspective, but they're also very good from the ground.
Take the chance to see Almada, a great city also.Related to:
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Ferry trip to Cacilhas (River Tagus)
My sister read on her travel book about Cacilhas and she convinced me to take a day trip there to explore. I was a little bit anxious about taking the ferry ride, but it was actually very easy to do - we just took a taxi to the ferry station and bought tickets there. Simple. And the ferry was very enjoyable as it gave a different perspective to the views of Lisbon.
To take the ferry, just find a way to get to the ferry station at Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré - (ferry every 10 minutes) to Cacilhas which is at the other side of the river Tagus. Cais do Sodré is situated at Praça do Duque da Terceira (and his Statue) in central Lisbon on the bank of Tagus River.
Transtejo is the main ferry compoany for crossing at the Tagus River. And it's not just tourists who use them, but people who work across the river from their homes. The return ticket cost 1,20 euro (2008) from what I researched because I forgot how much I paid in 2009 - but it was really inexpensive otherwise.
Once in Cacilhas, you won't miss the many seafood restaurants in the banks of the river which I later found out are called "Cervejarias (traditional beer houses)". Naturally, my sister and I picked one which had more people eating (meaning food was good, haha), and we were not disappointed. I ordered a very sumptuous crab meal! :)
Cacilhas is also very picturesque, so we enjoyed walking along its streets and taking pictures, specially at this nice sky-blue-colored church that you will pass by as you walk into the town (see if you can find it, haha).
Also from Cacilhas you can take the bus to the beaches of Caparica.
Ginja Cherry Liquor
When in Lisbon or other place in Portugal, try the cherry flavored drink Ginja. Widely available in most grocery stores, you can also try a shot with the cherry fruit at Ginjinha Shops/open windows in central Lisbon.Related to:
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Top 10’s world’s best grafitti
In 2010, some abandoned buildings in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo were a “white” canvas for huge grafittis. The authors are Blu (Italian) and OsGêmeos (Brazilians). The grafittis are a social criticism to oil problems and the money that comes from it.
This is the link of the Making Of Youtube
You can get here by subway (Picoas, Yellow Line).
The Sexiest WC on Earth
In Terreiro do Paço one of the new attractions is the “Sexiest WC on Earth” by Renova (a Portuguese company which sells products related with paper).
This bathroom is not a must see but it is interesting at the same time, because it is quite different from the normal public WC. It has a corridor and a reception where are displayed some photos and where you can by some art books and products related to Renova brand.
The design is quite contemporary (the bathrooms are decorated with wooden bars) and it’s all very clean and spacious.
The price is 0.50€ per person.
Ler devagar - Lx Factory Library/Book shop
Ler Devagar is a library and book shop on the Lx Factory complex. It is huge and really beautiful! It has 3 floors with an uncountable number of books – old and new. They also have a bar with tables to have a drink on the old machinery of the factory, a silent and comfortable place to read and a corridor with CD’s and Discmans on which you can listen to the CD’s they have there.
They also host various events: workshops, book releases, movie projections, fairs, concerts…
http://livrarialerdevagar.blogspot.pt/ - Their blog
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Livraria-Ler-Devagar/119887341354664 - Their Facebook
Tuesday - Thursday:12:00-0:00
Friday- Saturday:12:00 -2:00
What was it?
“It’s in the year 1846 that a threads and fabrics Company called “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”, one of the most important manufacturing complex in Lisbon’s history, sets in Alcântara. This 23.000 m2 industrial site was, subsequently, occupied by a set of industrial use related companies.” By Lx Factory website
What is it?
An urban fragment, kept hidden for years, is the LXFactory. A place where you’ll find creative ideas and concepts.It has something for every taste: lot’s of restaurants (fast and light food, ice creams, Asian food, pizzas, chocolate cake…), decoration stores, an huge and beautiful library. Above all the way it was recovered and how they managed to make it look the way it looks. They also host a lot of events such as workshops and fairs.
“At LXF you can actually breath the industrial environment at every step.” By Lx Factory website
This place is still quite unknown, either by tourists or locals but I think it’s quite worth a visit.
It’s located on Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103 1300 Lisboa and you can reach it by tram (15E) direction Algés. The closest stop is “Calvário”. All the public transports: 56, 60, 714, 720, 727, 732, 738, 751 - 15E, 18E - 201, 203
It’s not the easiest place to find but I think the map will help: http://www.lxfactory.com/PT/localizacao/Related to:
Santa Justa viewing point for free
Santa Justa lift is one of the normal stopping points in Lisbon and it has been around since 1902. In summer months, every day, tourists queue at the door to go up to the top and appreciate a nice view of Lisbon. But you can go there for free. Go to Largo do Carmo and next to Convento do Carmo’s doors (at right) there is a path that will lead you to the top of the lift. The only con is that the view is obstructed with some grids but you will see everything perfectly. Now it’s paid to get above, to a view without grids, but sincerely 1.50€ for the same view isn’t worth it.
In the path from Largo do Carmo to Elevador is an Italian restaurant. A bit expensive, but not too much: http://www.bellalisaelevador.com/ (lunch menu: 9.5€)
Tropical forest in Europe
On the left side of Parque de Eduardo VII is placed unexpected part of tropical flora in cold greenhouse. It's called Estufa fria. There is two parts, one with tropical woods and flowers, with small lakes, bridges and caves and upper part with cactuses and suculents. This place is so much beatifull. Flowers are incredible.
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