The 13 best places to visit in Lisbon

 

At the top of the Amoreiras Shopping Centre, 174 metres (570 ft) above sea level is one of the highest viewing platforms in the city. For the cost of €5 visitors can have uninterrupted panoramic views over all of Lisbon .

13. Amoreiras 360º

 

In 1755 construction began on the Rua Augusta Triumphal Arch to commemorate the cities reconstruction after the earthquake of the same year, 118 years later in 1873 it was finally completed. Standing over 30 metres (100 ft) high adorned with huge statues and carved detailing the arch has become a major tourist attraction as the entrance to the Praça Do Comércio or Commercial Square. For the fee of €2.50 visitors can stand at the top of the arch for great views over the square and Tagus River, or back across the shopping streets of central Lisbon.

12. Arco Da Rua Augusta

 

Built in the 10th century on a hilltop overlooking the now historic centre of the city is the Moorish medieval Sao Jorge Castle. Encircled by a wall to form a citadel, the complex consists of the castle itself, the ruins of the royal palace, gardens and a large terraced square where visitors can enjoy another fantastic view over the centre of Lisbon.

11. Castelo De Sao Jorge

 

Work began on the beautiful Baroque styled Church Of Santa Engrácia in 1681, then in the 20th century it was converted into the National Pantheon, finally being completed in 1966. Inside the vast hall visitors can see the high altar and the inside of the large dome, which from the outside has become one of the most notable landmarks of the Lisbon skyline.

10. Panteão Nacional

 

Looking out at the coastline across the Tagus River and across the rooftops of the city is the Santa Luzia Viewpoint. This vibrant terrace is one of the top viewpoints of the city and especially popular for sunset views.

9. Miradouro De Santa Luzia

 

West of the main city centre on the banks of the Tagus River close to where it meets the sea is the huge stone 'Monument To The Discoveries', a 52 metre (171 ft) high monument celebrating the Portuguese age of exploration that was at its height during the 15th and 16th centuries. 

8. Padrão Dos Descobrimentos

 

Built between 1733 and 1746, running for 18 kilometres (11 miles) through the city is the historic Águas Livres Aqueduct, considered a masterpiece of engineering from the Baroque period. A fantastic site, it is especially impressive where it crosses the Alcantara valley with its huge arches reaching a height of 65 metres (213 ft) above the ground.

7. Aqueduto Das Águas Livres

 

Completed in 1959 after ten years of construction is the Sanctuary of Christ the King statue, inspired by the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil. The largest statue in Portugal, it stands 28 metres (92 ft) tall on top of an 82 metre (269 ft) pedestal, from which visitors can have fantastic views over the Tagus River and the nearby 25th April Bridge. Due to the bridges colour and style it is often compared to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

6. Cristo Rei & Ponte 25 De Abril

 

Built between 1582 and 1629 is the Church And Monastery Of Sao Vicente De Fora, meaning 'Church Of St. Vincent Outside The Walls'. Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Lisbon, built in a late Renaissance style with opulent and decorative Baroque interiors, this fantastic building is one of the most important monasteries and mannerist building in all of Portugal.

5. Mosteiro De São Vicente De Fora

 

Completed in 1601 after a century of construction is the enormous Jerónimos Monastery, sometimes known as the Hieronymites Monastery. Built in a richly ornate architectural style with complex sculptural themes it is one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline structures in the country. One of the cities most popular attractions, the Jerónimos Monastery is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos

 

Situated on the Santo Andre hill, officially named 'Sophia 'De Mello Breyner Andresen Viewpoint', after a well known poet, is a location that is otherwise known as the Miradouro Da Graca, or 'Viewpoint Of Grace'. With views across the rooftops of the old town, the Sao Jorge Castle, out to the Tagus River towards the 25th April Bridge it is considered by many to be the finest viewpoint in a city of many.

3. Miradouro Da Graça

 

On the banks of the Tagus River, further west than the Monument To The Discoveries is the Belem Tower. Built in 1519 to be part of defense system and ceremonial gateway to the city it stands at 30 metres (98 ft) tall and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Torre De Belém

 

Completed in 1902, connecting the Baixa lower town with the higher level Carmo Square is the Santa Justa Lift, sometimes known as the Carmo Lift, the last to remain of the cities urban elevators. Decorated in a Neo Gothic style, this vertical structure is one of the cities top attractions and a very unique landmark. From its lookout platform 45 metres (147 ft) above ground level it also offers one of the finest panoramic views over the city.

1. Elevador De Santa Justa

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