Top sights of Lisbon are in Belém
Probably the best thing about our apartment is the proximity to all major sights in Lisbon.
The magic place to go is Belém.
The historic western part of Lisboa.
Within walking distance to our apartment are most of Lisboa’s imposing sights.
Will share them as we travel along!
Top sights of Lisbon in Belém
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°☆ Jeronimos Monastery ☆ﾟ the World Heritage monument treasuring Vasco da Gama’s tomb ✮
°☆ Berardo Collection Museum ☆ﾟ classy examples of modern art (entrance is free!) ✮
°☆ Coaches Museum ☆ﾟ the world’s largest exhibition of magnificent royal carriages ✮
°☆ Belém Cultural Center ☆ﾟ where we enjoyed a sublime baroque concert ✮
°☆ Tropical Garden ☆ nice garden with rare plants from around the world ✮
°☆ Belém Palace ☆ﾟ the office of Portugal’s president ✮
°☆ Ajuda Palace ☆ﾟ imposing palace of Portuguese kings and queens ✮
°☆ Ajuda Botanical Garden ☆ﾟYou have marvelled at the terraced baroque garden overlooking the Tagus river with us, right? ✮
°☆ Belém Tower and Discoveries Monument ☆ﾟ Today we laid eyes on those two sights located in close proximity to each other on the Tagus river promenade ✮
First we walked down to the Belém Tower.
The city’s icon and symbol of the Age of Discovery.
It was closed! Because it was Monday.
In Lisbon, on Mondays, most sights are closed. Which we found out after we had already arrived at the Tower.
It still made for a great Picture and a nice walk along the Tagus river promenade.
The promenade led us to the tall Discoveries Monument. We marvelled at sculptures lining the walls of the Monument. The world’s most famous explorers are carved in stone. Massive.
The Monument marks the place where Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages. Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India and Christopher Columbus made a stop here on his way back to Europe after discovering America.
Going up the narrow structure to its viewing platform by foot is a good idea for marathon candidates or people who gave in temptation and had one too may egg tarts. We took the lift which only goes up to a certain level and then it is climbing some stairs (two more levels) by foot.
I made it! Now let’s have a look around.
For 3 Euros – enjoy a panoramic view over Lisabon. The imposing Jeronimos Monastery.
When you look down from the platform, you can see a map of the world with dates when Portuguese ships set sail and discovered new land, like South America or Japan.
When the Portuguese arrived in Japan and started to convert Japanese folks who weren’t interested in Christianity as much as in trade, they were not treated with legendary Japanese hospitality but firmness. This resulted in the isolation and deaths of the Portuguese troublemakers. On our day trip to Nagasaki in Japan, we have seen the amazing man made island Dejima (from the 17th century!) to keep the Portuguese at bay.
Don’t miss out on the best of fun at the promenade strip. Segway your way around! For 7 Euros we got 15 minutes of fun (officially but 20 minutes plus a learn and test ride in total).
Not to mention the hygienic shower cap which makes you look kind of ridiculous – included in the price.
Even mum went for a ride. She is now considering it as an alternative means of transport. Maybe.