Monuments and structures, Lisbon
A little far from the touristy area, in modern Lisboa, stands my favorite monument:
The "Monumento aos Mortos da Guerra Peninsular", which means the dead fighting the French invasions of Napoleon's soldiers.
It's a medium size monument, but so harmonious, so expressive, so perfect, that each time I see it I find it even better then before.
It is in the square of Entrecampos, the meeting point of Av. da Republica, Campo Grande, Av. Estados Unidos and 1st May Av.
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.
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.
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.
Crossing the Bridge 25 de Abril we went to Almada, on the south bank of the river Tagus, where we visited The Cristo Rei Sanctuary.
It is a 110 metre high statue of Christ and it was inaugurated in 17th of Mai 1959 and built because Portugal didn?t enter in the II World War.
From which there is an amazing view over Lisbon and the estuary of the river Tagus (Tejo).
When I took the picture it caught a plane in the snap as well. :-)))
If you enlarge the photo you be able to see the plane.
There is also a church and a shop with religious items in the area.
>Transport: Cacilhas Ferry boat
>Opening hours: Daily 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
>Admission: 2,00 EUR
From the Cristo Rei we have a fabulous sight on the city of Lisbon, we can see the Tower of Bel?m, the Monument to the Discoveries ... and the boats sailing in the river Tagus.
Just amazing the view but be prepared for the wind with warm clothes.
Not everybody knows that it is possible to visit the Town Hall building every Sunday. There are two guided tours (free of charge) of the building: the first at 10.30 a.m. and the second at 11.30 a.m. The interior is quite interesting. The only negative thing about this tour is that it is only done in Portuguese (but if you want to take a look at this building, why not do it anyway?).
One of the most typical works during the dictatorship of "Estado Novo" was a large alley, with the interesting building of the IST in one top, and a large fountain sustaining a garden in the other.
The harmony of the ensemble is regularly being broken with massive works, that last for... an eternity.
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.
Built after the 1755 earthquake, this palace was unfinished due to french invasions. Used by the government for some feasts, is has been restored and enriched with art collections.
Its location, in somewhat despised area, means few visitors, but if you don't mind crossing some degraded areas (under recuperation), you may be surprised by large views, and the splendorous colours of Lisbon.
I heard that it is going to be open to public visits, and that... it is very interesting. I will check it out.
Located in the eastern part of Lisbon, it stands a little bit isolated, turning it in a less visited monument.
It's a very interesting church from the 16th century, now making part of the Tile Museum, though allowing an independent visit.
To go there, you must search for Xabregas, served by bus.
The aqueduct was quite a walk from the centre of Lisbon and rather difficult to find, but well worth the search. There are great views of the non-touristy northern and western parts of Lisbon from the central section of the aqueduct. Near the centre there is an opening which allows you to cross and take in more views from the other side.
One of the best views of the aqueduct is from the road below. Our bus passed this way when we were returning from Evora and we were quite surprised to see the aqueduct as we had no idea there was such an impressive structure so close to Lisbon. The entrance is on Calcada da Quintinha, a quiet street about 1km uphill from Amoreiras.
Celebrating the memory of Sá-Carneiro, a prime minister killed in a plane crash a few years after the revolution of 74, the beautiful square of Areeiro was the place for an ugly monument. Most people criticize it, some considering it offensive to the memory of Sá-Carneiro.
A small face in the stone pedestal, and a mass of tin trash atop of it, challenge the champion of bad taste: Cutileiro's monument to the revolution in Parque Eduardo VII.
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.
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
It's not a highlight of Lisbon, but, in the way up to the cathedral you may visit this modest but nice church.
Built after the earthquake in the place where a former church from the 12th century was built upon a roman temple, this church used an old door brought from... well, another destroyed church.
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.