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    Cristo-Rei statue

    by rsilva Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the most famous sight of Lisbon, the Cristo-Rei statue is actually located in Almada, on the other side of the river.
    The idea of building this statue came after Cardinal Cerejeira visited the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro (where the "Christ the Redeemer" statue can be found) in 1934. However, it was the fact that Portugal did not participate in World War II that actually led to the construction as the Cardinal promised to build it if Portugal was spared from the destruction.
    It was inaugurated on th 17th May 1959 and stands high at 110m (although the statue itself is anout 28m, the rest is the pedestal).

    It offers a great view over the city and can be visited every day from 09.30 to 18.00, entrance costs 2.5Eur

    To get there by car, just cross the red bridge (Ponte 25 Abril) and by public transport, it is probably easiest to take the ferry to Cacilhas at Cais do Sodré (can be reached by metro) and then bus 101.

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    The tile museum

    by salinhopt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lisbon - Tile museum gothic portal

    The tile museum in my opinion is one of the greatest museums in Lisbon and it's not really well known because it's not in the centre. Here you'll find tiles from all portuguese periods famouse worldwide.

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    Museu e Igreja de São Roque

    by 64novpt Written Jan 8, 2011

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    A church started being built in 1506, next to a cemetery where those who died of plague were buried, back then it was located outside the city walls, and was dedicated to São Roque, protector against plague, and patron of invalids and surgeons. A Brotherhood of São Roque was established, with its own statutes. Around 1540 the Society of Jesus or Jesuit arrive in Portugal (Francisco Xavier (later St. Francisco Xavier) and Simão Rodrigues). Simão remained in the kingdom and Francisco went for the East in evangelical mission, arriving in Ceylon and the Moluccas in 1548, and China in 1552.
    In 1553 the Society of Jesus settles here and builds on the previous construction the structure that's visible today. In 1768, the Society of Jesus was expelled from Portuguese territory, leaving the church of São Roque and their goods to the Mercy of Lisbon (Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa) and is now in the Museum of Sacred Art of São Roque,beside the the Church .
    This museum seeks to present the history of the institution (Santa Casa da Misericórdia), expressed in art objects with historical and symbolic value, high quality art pieces donated by life or by will bequeathed to the institution.
    The church has several chapels of the nave, high quality ornaments through various stylistic phases, from the Mannerist style to the principles of neoclassical art. Of exceptional value are the paintings on the ceiling and on the sacristy. The altars of the side chapels, further enrich this whit valuable collection of tile panels of the sixteenth century, sculptures, candleholders, chandeliers, silverware, chests, etc.
    Address - Largo Trindade Coelho
    Metro - Baixa-Chiado Station (blue line and green line)
    Bus - 758 and 790
    Tram - 28 (Lg. Camões) and Elevador da Gloria

    Museu de São Roque
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00; Thursday from 14h00 to 21h00; Closed on Mondays, Thursday mornings and bank holidays.

    Church of São Roque
    Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00; Monday from 14:00 to 18:00; Thursday 9:00 to 21:00; Closed on Monday morning, on civil holidays (all day) and on religious holidays (afternoon)

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    Basilica da Estrela

    by 64novpt Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    The Basilica da Estrela was born of Crown Princess D. Maria Francisca, the future Queen D. Maria I's devotion to the cult of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1760 the princess has made a vow to the Sacred Heart of a church and convent for the Sisters of the Rule of St. Teresa, asking for the birth of a son. However, this vow encountered a series of obstacles, technical and economic difficulties (ex: the capital ongoing reconstruction after the earthquake of 1755), as well as theological, as the cult of the Sacred Heart was not accepted by Catholic orthodoxy, because "revaluing the human nature of Christ over the divine". She only fulfilled it after her's ascent to the throne.
    The basilica was the first church in the world to receive the title of place of worship the Sacred Heart sanctioned by papal bull, this cult that would spread over the following centuries.
    The Basilica da Estrela is the pantheon of D. Maria I, the only monarch of the House of Bragança that is not buried in the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora.

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    Trip To Almada

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 27, 2010

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    Almada - Cristo Rei Statue
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    Almada is the name of the village located just opposite to Lisbon on the southern bank of the river Tejo. It is home to the impressive Cristo Rei statue which can be seen from Lisbon.

    The statue is a miniature version of Rio's giant Jesus. The 110 m tall monument was erected in 1959 to thank God for having spared Portugal during WWII.

    As the statue is situated on a hill it offers panoramic views of Lisbon, Belem and especially of the bridge Ponte 25 de Abril. The view can already be enjoyed from the cliff plateu, so there is not necessarily a need to take the lift up to the viewing platform.

    Directions:
    To get to Almada and the Cristo Rei Statue I took a ferry from Cais Sodre to Cacilhas. From there the bus #101 serves a route directly to the statue, but I decided to walk along the waterfront and take the lift "Elevador Panoramicoda Boca do Vento" up the cliff. Another walk led me to the statue.

    On my way back I walked down to the Ponte 25 de Abril and took bus #53 over the bridge back to Lisbon.

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    Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira

    by 64novpt Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira itself is a private residence, dwelling there, in a restricted to the public part of the house, the current and 12th Marquis of Fronteira, D. Fernando de Mascarenhas.
    The entrance of the palace, served by two imposing staircases and with a roof which shows a mythological Hercules and a lion. Two symbolic representations of honor, bravery, strength and fearless attitude of the founder of Casa de Fronteira.
    Sala das Batalhas (Battles room) with blue monochromatic sixteenth tiles century representing battles against Spain.
    Five acres of land is occupied by romantic gardens, decorated with tiles, hedges, fountains and numerous hiding places.

    Visiting Schedule
    June to September: 10.30AM, 11.00AM, 11.30AM and 12.00AM
    October to May: 11-00AM and 12.00AM
    All visits are guided tours
    Closed on Sundays and Holidays

    Largo de S. Domingos de Benfica

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    To remember the victims of the Inquisition

    by berenices Updated Oct 9, 2010

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    the memorial

    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.

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    Dom Pedro lV?

    by leics Written Jun 20, 2009

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    In the middle of busy Rossio, Lisbon's oldest square, stand a tall column with a sculpture on top.

    As the formal name for Rossio is 'Praca Dom Pedro lV'one assumes it is indeed DomPedro up there............that's what the inscription says.

    But the statue (19th century) actually started life as representing Maximilian of Mexico. It happened to be in Lisbon at the right time (en route to France), when aximilian was murdered..so it simply got adapted.

    Have a look as you pass through.

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    Chafariz d'el Ray

    by leics Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    The Chafariz d'el Ray (King's fountain) is the most ancient fountain in Lisbon, dating from the 13th century although the present one dates from the 17th century. It's in the Largo do Terreiro do Trigo.....and I missed it (I'll find it next time!!).

    I was really seeking another ancient Alfama building (one which, it turned out, as being entirely renovated and was thus almost invisible behind plastic sheeting)...........and I found this one.

    It is now an upmarket hotel but I knew instantly that the building itself was ancient. So it was worth a closer look.

    A panel set into the side wall told me (if my Portuguese was accurate) that the Palacete Chafariz d'el Ray originally dates from the 13th century, but was reconstructed in1747.and again after the 1755 earthquake.

    It's a wonderful building, with a tiled upper storey and tiny tower, carvings and sculptures..........and a couple pretty old (in my opinion) ship carvings set into the side walls.

    One of the most interesting features is how far below the modern street surface the entrance is........that in itself tells you how old buildings are.

    Well worth looking out for if you are wandering along the Rua Cais do Santarem and/or the Rua Terreiro do Trigo.

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    Don Quixote Room

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008

    This was the royal bedroom and has a fabulous domed ceiling. A very busy room with all the murals both on the ceiling and walls, the mirrors and crystal chandelier. The floor is made up of many types of unusual timbers. Many Kings and Queens of Portugal are said to have slept here.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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    Ladies in Waiting Room

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008

    This is the room where Queen Maria and later Queen Carlota Joaquina’s ladies in waiting gathered to await their royal instructions. There is a beautiful crystal chandelier created in Murano during the early 19th century, hanging from the ceiling. The walnut furniture is from the 18th century.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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    The Ceiling

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008
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    The ceiling of the Ambassador's Room is adorned with a centrepiece which is painted with what is supposed to represent the royal family attentively listening to a concert being performed.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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    The King and Queens Throne

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008

    There are two throned canopies which were used by the King and the Queen. Either side are large Chinese porcelain vases from the Qing dynasty dating from the 19th century.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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    The Ambassadors Room

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008

    The Ambassadors Room of the palace was finished in 1762 and was used for concerts, banquets and grand diplomatic affairs. During the years the room had many names such as the Room of Columns, the Barraca Rica, The Gallery and the Evening Music Room. The marble floor is laid out in black and white squares.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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    The Picnic Room

    by keeweechic Written Aug 28, 2008
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    This Sala das Merendas or picnic room was the private dining room in amongst the royal apartments. There are 4 canvas paintings on the wall which represent the type of hunting picnics the royals used to enjoy. There is beautiful Chinese dishes from the Qin dynasty, Qianlong period as well as 18th century silver.

    Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.

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