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Places To Visit in Lisbon - Portugal

Basilica da Estrela - Lisbon

Basilica da Estrela

Completed in 1790 by Dona Maria I (her tomb is here) in gratitude for the male heir, this neoclassical church is a beautiful mix of pink and black marble. Opposite is the Jardim da Estrela (7am-midnight) which is a great garden to relax in, along with a playground for the children....

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Casa dos Bicos (House of Points) - Lisbon

Casa dos Bicos (House of Points)

It’s not called House of Points for nothing; some 1125 pyramid shaped stones punctuate the sky. The former 16th century home of the viceroy to India, it now houses a private organisation but if the lobby is open pop in to see remnants of the old Moorish city wall. Tel: +218 810...

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Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George’s Castle) - Lisbon

Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George’s Castle)

Towering over Lisbon, this castle has seen much of history: Moors in the 9th century, Christians in the 12th century, royals ranging from 14th to the 16th century and convicts from every century. If you walk inside the Ulysses Tower you’ll find a camera obscura which offers a unique view of the...

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Convento do Carmo & Museu rqueologico - Lisbon

Convento do Carmo & Museu rqueologico

All but destroyed completely by the earthquake, its crushed pillars and fragile arches, exposed to the weather, are all that remain of this place. The Museu Arqueologico nearby houses objects such as 14th century carved tombs, Palaeolithic flint stones and even a trio of mummies: one Egyptian and...

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Elevador de Santa Justa - Lisbon

Elevador de Santa Justa

Looking at this neo-Gothic elevator you would swear you’ve seen something like it before – that’s because it was designed by Rual Mesnier, the apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. The only vertical street lift in the city, get in early to beat the crowds and go to the top to experience...

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Igreja de Sao Domingos - Lisbon

Igreja de Sao Domingos

A beautiful building that houses cut pillars, scruffy walls and eerie sculptures; the Star of David out the front is a tribute to this spot where an anti-Semitic massacre occurred in 1506. A popular hang-out for Lisbon’s African community, locals gather at dusk to pass round liquor at A...

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Miradouro de Santa Catarina - Lisbon

Miradouro de Santa Catarina

Found in boho Santa Catarina, this viewpoint boasts views from the river to the Ponte 25 de Abril and Christo Rei not to mention student buskers, hippies and loved-up couples. If you are coming from Cais do Sodre, take the 19th century Elevador do Bica funicular up the Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo to...

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Mosteriro dos Jeronimos - Lisbon

Mosteriro dos Jeronimos

Built to herald the success of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498, this monastery is a beautiful structure, definitely wrought for ‘the glory of God’. This place was first occupied by monks under the Order of St Jerome; on dissolving in 1833, the building was used as a...

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