Monuments and structures, Lisbon
This house dates back from 1523, which contrasts for its 1125 diamond-shaped stones. It's facade is the adaptation of a very popular style on the 16th century Europe.
The house belonged to Afonso de Albuquerque, the Viceroy of India, and is one of the very few houses that survived the 1755 earthquake. Its interior is not usually open to the public, except when it hosts any occasional exhibitions.
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?).
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.
On the south side on the Tagus, the highway carried by the De Abril Bridge continues into the high cliffs. A statute of Christ with outstretched arms, which commemorates Portugal's survival of World War II without direct involvement, sits high on the southern bank and dominates the south side of the river. This statue is visible from most of downtown Lisbon.
Modeled on the more famous Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, this giant-sized statue is 92 foot (28 m) tall and is mounted on a huge pedestal. This monument was built by Francisco Franco in 1949-59.
To visit the Christo Rei statue in Lisbon, the route requiring the least physical effort is to take a ferry to Cacilhas and then bus number 101 right up to the area on which the statue stands. If one takes the other route by bus from the Praca de Espanha and alights just after crossing the bridge, there is quite a climb to be faced.
The discovery of Brazilian gold in 1697 led to a new wave of prosperity for Portugal and Lisbon. From 1706, King Joao V began an ambitious building program in the city. The most valuable addition to Lisbon at this time was the Aguas Livres Aqueduct which, started in 1732, was carrying water across the Alcantara valley by 1748. The main pipeline measures 12 miles (19 km) but the total length, including all secondary channels, is 36 miles (58 km). The most visible part of this imposing and grandiose structure are the 35 arches that cross the Alcantara valley, the tallest of which rise to a spectacular 213 feet (65 m) above the ground.
This aqueduct also served as a pedestrian walkway, a very pleasant promenade, until closed in 1853 following a series of crimes committed from its lofty structure. Diogo Alves, an infamous robber of the time, would throw his victims over the edge from its heights. The aqueduct runs from Belas, north of Lisbon, via its many arches across the Alcantara valley to the Mae das Aguas reservoir, near the Largo do Rato in western Lisbon. The aqueduct includes a total of 109 arches across the valley and remained in use from 1748 until 1967.
Today it is possible to take a guided tour over the Alcantara arches. Contact the Museu da Agua for details of the trips they operate.
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
The Nations Park. Is at the oriental zone of Lisbon. It is the result of EXPO'98 - The World Exposition.
Nations Park Travelogue
The beautiful chandeliers in the Ambassadors Room are made of Venetian crystal.
Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio.
This impressive aquaduct with hugh arches (up to 65 metres) can be found in the neighbourhood Amoreiras. For 2,50 euro you can walk along the footpath on the upper part of the aquaduct.
If you look to the other sight you see Almada.
Nice view as well.
You can see a building that belongs to the Sanctuary of Cristo Rei.
Enjoy the beautiful 'Ponte de 25 Abril' in Tejo River. Looks like Golden Gate Bridge in SFO, California...