has resulted in a wide range of unusual transport options. Perhaps the most outstanding is the cast iron Santa Justa lift. This national monument is a unique experience, riding in style up to pretty Largo do Carmo. Inaugurated in 1902, amazingly it is still part of the Lisbon public transport infrastructure.
THis is one of the most beautiful examples of the Manueline style of the sixteenth century. It is extensively decorated with Manueline motifs (letter M, armillary sphere, sailors capes, religious themes, niches and medallions). The side aisles of the cloister have ribbed vaults and arches, allowing views of the garden.
On the north side of Plaza del Comercio, the Arco da Rua Augusta is the start of Rua Augusta, the most important street of the Baixa. The Triumphal Arch da Rua Augusta was designed by architect Santos de Carvalho to celebrate the rebuilding of the city after the earthquake. Construction ended in 1873 and its statues represent, among others, Vasco de Gama and the Marquis of Pombal.
Tibaes Monastery is a fabulous monument, a wonderful sight etched in your memory for the rest of your life! I advise everyone to visit it and leave after your opinion on this page. I am sure that you will not be disappointed, as it's much more beautiful than my picture.
Located a few kiómetros from Cape St. Vincent, it was commissioned by Prince Henry the Navigator, after his brother King Don Pedro donated all the lands and adjacent villas Saint Vincent and Sagres. Victim of numerous attacks, including by Sir Francis Drake in 1587 and especially by the earthquake in 1775 when an enourmous wave went overthe height of the rock, this fortress has undergone numerous reconstructions and transformationes. Inside I must highlight the Church of Our Lady of Grace of Sagres. Studies think the current church which was built in 1570, replaced on the same place the the original built in 1459 by Prince Henry. Badly affected by the earthquake, it was partly rebuilt and the sacristy extended and belfry built. In the austere interior, highlights include the Baroque altarpiece and the seventeenth century carving of San Vicente. Because of its history, it was declared a National Monument in 1910, a visit to this place is absolutely essential for the extraordinary views you have.
Little to offer, except to go for religious reasons, souvenir shops and religious items, a number of restaurants, and the Basilica of Fatima. It has 4 museums, the Wax Museum, the Museum of the apparitions, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Museum of the life of Christ. An interesting place with a heavy religious tone.
Located in the lively May 8th Square, the Santa Cruz Monastery was founded in 1131 by the canons of the St. Augustine order. Today it is a national pantheon since it hosts the tombs of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and his son, D. Sancho I. It is open daily from 10:00-12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. The entrance to the church is free. The entrance to the sacristy and the cloister costs 2.50 euros for a normal entry and 1.50 euros for a reduced entry. Sitting in a terrace bar in the square admiring the monastery, along with a glass of wine, is priceless.
The Citadel of Cascais is an ancient fortification whose mission was to defend the [POI = 365831] port [/ POI] city. It is now used to display some artillery, cannons among other things, outdoors. The exterior and central courtyard are open and free. It's an interesting site to visit if you're in the area.
It is also known as the Church of Santa Engracia. It is a baroque building, built between 1682 and 1966. Yes 1966. From there the Portuguese saying "as works of Santa Engracia" to refer to an endless work. It happened to have the function of Pantheon from 1916. Among people buried there are writers, presidents of the Portuguese Republic, and also are also evoked through cenotaphs characters like Luis de Camoes, Vasco de Gama or Infante D. Enrique (although not buried here). Mainly emphasizes its great dome.
La Casa dos Bicos is a palace in the Alfama district, built in 1523 by order of Brás de Albuquerque as housing. Its facade is covered with carved stones with diamond-shaped tips called "cubic", these "cubics" demonstrate a clear influence of the Italian Renaissance. He built the house after a business trip to Italy (Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara). After the 1755 earthquake the building was destroyed. The Alburquerque family sold the house in 1973 and it was used as a warehouse for a while, now it's under renovation and in the future the library will host the José Saramago Foundation.
The walls of Óbidos delimit the territory of this beautiful city in central Portugal. You can access them by walking through the historic center of the city. We climbed up as soon as we arrived at village and walked around admiring the beautiful views. They are the ultimate symbol of Óbidos.
In Republic Square is the building known as Arcade, built by Rodrigo de Moura Teles in 1715, replacing one by Diego de Sousa. The Church of Our Lady of Lapa and Café Vianna are also here and it's a place with a lot of life. Nearby is the Tourist Office, so it's an essential place to visit.
One of the mysteries of Regaleira is its "little Iniciático". It is believed that it was used in rituals of initiation. They say you can find a relationship between its 9 "floors" in the play "do Conceito Rosicrucian Cosmos". It is an underground gallery with a spiral staircase that has columns that go down to the bottom of the well. Each "floor" of the ladder is 15 degrees and each one refers to a part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the 9 circles of hell, paradise, or purgatory. At the bottom of the well is the compass made of rose marble that lies on a Templar cross where you will see the symbol of Carvalho Monteiro (the owner of the Regaleira) , and at the same time the indication of the Rosicrucian Order.
This is the main gate in the medieval wall. The oldest part of the door dates back to the 9th century, and was originally made up of two towers connected with an arch. Its present look is the result of changes made in the early 16th century by order of King Manuel I. It's a good place to start your visit to Coimbra.
The eighteenth century New Gate Arch was designed by André Soares and is Baroque and Neoclassical. The Baroque façade is facing towards the outside of the city and has the coat of arms of Archbishop Gaspar de Braganza. The Neoclassical façade faces the interior and is crowned by a statue of Our Lady of Nazareth.