LISBON in PHOTOS and a “bite” of HISTORY.

The photo cover is taken underneath the Rua Augusta Arch.  Here are some of the photos of  places that I have visited in Lisbon and few bites of history that I grabbed from Wikipedia. 

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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – The construction of the monastery and church began on 6 January 1501, and was completed 100 years later. Architectural style – Manueline. In 1983, UNESCO formally designated the Monastery of the Hieronymites as a World Heritage Site. 

 

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Avenida da Liberdade – It is a 90 metre-wide boulevard, 1100 m long, with ten lanes divided by pedestrian pavements decorated with gardens. You can find the most expensive brands on this slightly ascending street. 

 

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 Elevador de Santa Justa –  it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square). Engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, Style Neo-Gothic, Materials Iron, Wood, Glass, Cement Origin c. 1874, – Initiated 2 June 1900- Completion c. 1902

 

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Praça do Comércio – On 1 February 1908, the square was the scene of the assassination of Carlos I, the penultimate King of Portugal.  Tip! During Saturdays and Sundays the hallway of that building behind the statue is having a quality artisans market.  

 

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Cais das Colunas (The Pier of Columns) – has a set of marble stairs, which lead down to the waters edge. These steps were installed so that royal dignitaries could receive a grand entrance to Lisbon. The origins for these steps date from before the 1755 earthquake when the steps would lead straight into the royal palace. Tip! best area to have a photo like Queen Elizabeth II of England visiting Lisbon. 

 

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Castelo de São Jorge – is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of the Portuguese city of Lisbon and Tagus River. There are two lift’s that would lead you near the castle avoiding the uphill walk and the pickpockets on tram 28 then walk your way from Alfama going down the hill for the view.

 

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos – located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

 

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Eduardo VII Park –  The park occupies an area of 26 hectares. Its name pays homage to Edward VII of the United Kingdom who visited Portugal in 1902.

 

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Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio (Rossio Railway Station)  -The Neo-Manueline façade dominates the northwest side of the square and is a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style, typical of early 16th century Portugal. If you are dying for a Starbucks there is one inside. 

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Torre de Belém. – built on the northern bank of the Tagus river between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system. In 1983,  it was classified by UNESCO as  “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”

 

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Trams in Lisbon –  In operation since 1873, it presently comprises five urban lines. Despite the relevant tourist attraction, those lines are still very important because of sections of the city’s topography that can only be crossed by small trams.  Oh by the way, the one in photo is not a tram it’s a Funicular.

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