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Lisbon Attractions

Lisbon is an open air museum where you’ll find many places of interest:

Important Squares

  • Commerce SquareCommerce Square is the most important square in Lisbon. For decades it was Lisbon’s port for maritime commerce.
  • Rossio SquareRossio Square is the liveliest area in Lisbon. In the surrounding areas there are plenty of bars and restaurants, and it’s a meeting point for the people of Lisbon and visitors.
  • Marquess of Pombal SquareThe new Lisbon started with the Marquess de Pombal Square. It is located next to Park Edward VII (Parque Eduardo VII), in the northern extreme of the Avenida da Liberdade.

Must-see monuments

  • Lisbon CathedralSanta María Maior is the most important church and cathedral in Lisbon. It is commonly called "Sé de Lisboa" (the See of Lisbon).
  • Hieronymites MonasteryThe Hieronymites Monastery is, along with the Belém Tower, the most important tourist site in Lisbon. Inside the monastery you can find the tomb of Vasco da Gama.
  • Belém TowerThe Belém Tower, located in the Tagus estuary, was initially used to defend Lisbon. Later its function was relegated to being used as a lighthouse and customs house.
  • Monument to the Discoveries52 metres high, this monument commemorates the fifth centenary of the death of Henry the Navigator, discoverer of the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.
  • São Jorge CastleLocated at the top of São Jorge hill, the highest in Lisbon, is this castle, one of the most historical symbols of the city.

Museums

  • National Coach MuseumThe National Coach Museum harbours one of the most important carriage collections in the world. A visit is highly recommended.
  • Archaeology MuseumFounded in 1893 it holds the largest archaeological collection in Portugal. Its exhibits come from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages.

Other attractions

  • Lisbon OceanariumThe Lisbon Oceanarium is the second largest aquarium in Europe. More than 15,000 animals and plants of more than 450 different species coexist in this aquarium.

Bridges

  • Vasco da Gama BridgeThe Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. It is more than 17 kilometres long, and joins northern and southern Portugal.
  • 25th April BridgeBeing 2,277 metres long, the 25th April Bridge boasts the record as the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It was the first bridge in Lisbon.