Lisbon is one of the world's oldest cities, hundreds of years older than other European capitals such as London, Paris, and Rome, and it appears that each time a new underground construction or infrastructure is initiated in Lisbon's historical center, it will most likely be interrupted so archaeologists can identify and preserve the found remains.
The Time Out Market, which debuted in 2014, has rapidly become a must-visit location for any food enthusiast in Lisbon. According to Ferreira, the market attracted around 3.1 million people in 2016.
The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, both constructed in the Manueline style in an urban setting that is unique in the world, complete the impression of grandeur of the periods of the Great Portuguese Empire, and provide a genuine testament to the Portuguese Discoveries period in Belem.
Lisbon City Center
In order to provide you a panoramic perspective of the city center and the Tejo river, we will pick you up from your hotel and start our City Tour of Lisbon in Park Eduardo VII. After that, you will be enlightened on the significance of this great politician in the history of Lisbon in particular and Portugal in general as we pass the statue of the visionary Marquis of Pombal in the city's geographic center.
After that, you'll drive via "Avenida da Liberdade," a.k.a. "our Champs-Elysees," on your way to "Baixa," the area of the city that was most severely damaged by the tragic earthquake of 1755.
We shall describe how this neighborhood grew following the disaster, both architecturally and socially, to become the country's primary business hub.
Points of Interest in Lisbon
Continuing our city tour of Lisbon, we'll head to Nossa Senhora do Monte, where you'll be greeted by one of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas of both Lisbon and the Tagus River Estuary.
From the top of the hill, we descend to see the Lisbon Cathedral, which was erected in 1148, one year after the moors were driven out of the city, and stands precisely where the previous Moorish Mosque formerly stood.
We descend a few steps to Saint Antony's church. The church was erected exactly where Saint Anthony, also known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), was born in Lisbon. Therefore, St. Anthony was of Portuguese descent.
You will see the tile-covered façade of the historic buildings, the winding alleyways and lanes, and the antique trams as we go through Alfama, the oldest area in Lisbon. Portuguese national music, or Fado, was created in this distinctive setting.
Chiado – Bairro Alto
Another hill in Lisbon to get to know these two neighborhoods, which are both incredibly distinct and remarkably similar. The Bairro Alto neighborhood is well-known for its intersections of streets, which thousands of young people flock to on weekends to enjoy what is considered to be the most bohemian neighborhood in all of Lisbon.
The Chiado area, which is very nearby, is where art and culture coexist. If not here, the bulk of Lisbon's theaters are located, along with some of the oldest book stores in existence today.
The Belem neighborhood (Bethlehem), a monument-filled region honoring the renowned Portuguese seamen of the 15th and 16th centuries, is the final stop on our tour.
Here, we will see the Discoveries Monument, the Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), a masterpiece of Portuguese architecture from the 16th century, and the Tower of Belem, which serves as the emblem of Lisbon.
We won't leave the region without trying the "Pastel de Belem," a delectable egg custard tart that was previously created by the monks at the Jeronimo's monastery and is now the most well-known pastry in Portugal.
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