Portugal’s capital Lissabon is a city with a great history and an ideal point to start exploring the country.
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In Lissabon there are major tourist attractions and interesting museums such as:
Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. Jeronimo Monastery is the most impressive symbol of power and wealth during the great geographical discoveries of Portugal.
Belem Tower, Lisbon: Built in 1515 as a fortress with defensive role in the port of entry Lissabon, Belem Tower was the starting point of many expeditions and for seafarers it was the last thing of mother country earth they saw, until the return from the sea.
Belem Tower is a monument dedicated to Portugal during the era of the great discoveries, often used as a symbol of the country. UNESCO listed Belem Tower as of universal heritage.
Built in Manueline style, the tower has a lot of decorations made in stone, specific to the major discoveries era.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lissabon.
To the north east of Park Eduardo VII is located Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the most important museums around the world and one of the priceless treasures of Europe. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this museum houses collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art. In 2001 it was substantially renovated and modernized – during renovation works many masterpieces were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon is a sight that can not be missed on holidays in Portugal. It is one of the largest private collections in the world, a collection built over a 40 years period by the Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil tycoon. This was one of the richest men of the 20th century. In the last years of his life he settled in Portugal and has donated his entire artistic treasure to his adoptive country when he died at the age of 86 years, in 1955.
Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, Oceanarium has been built right on the river Tejo and in order to reach the visitors have to cross a pedestrian bridge.
Lissabon Oceanarium is a deep ocean experience without all the risks that would entail such an adventure. Here are over 25,000 fish, birds and marine mammals. There is a huge central tank as large as four Olympic pools together. Tourists can look in the aquarium at several levels and can admire about a wide range of marine animals, including various species of sharks.
– Monument of Discoveries, Lisbon.
Across the street from Jeronimo Monastery is located Discoveries Monument. It was built on the north bank of the river Tagus in 1960 in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.
The monument is a vessel with three sails ready to sail, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I, the poet Camões, Vasco da Gama, Magellan and other explorers, crusaders, monks or Portuguese cartographers. They all follow the Prince Henry the Navigator. The only woman represented is the queen, Felipe de Lancaster, mother of Henry the Navigator. After you finish your capital tour, we suggest you to escape on the sunny beaches and continue your relaxing holiday in a pool beachfront villa. Choose a holiday package or book beach villas in Portugal from owner.