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.
Empire Square is situated in the district of Belem, which is a must for tourists and even for a romantic evening with your partner. From the park you can see the surrounding buildings, like the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument of the Discoveries on the banks of the River Tagus and the Belem Tower. It also boasts a huge fountain.
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 historic center, old town or Montechoro in Albufeira is one of those places that are impossible to miss, and it is because within its walls and its narrow streets, you can still see the roots, some of them are Roman but the majority are Arab, of of this village called Castillo de Mar. Its streets are typical of the Algarve, which are lined with houses or pale white tiles and have retained that peculiar style of Arabic that mixes the scent of jasmine, with narrow cobbled streets and the typical smell of a fishing village. You have to visit because its history tells us that one day, many centuries ago, it was one of the most important fortresses in the south of Portugal. Albufeira was wrested back from the Moors under King Alfonso III, and remained under military command in 1504 and in 1986 it was named a city, becoming a major tourist center. The information is provided by the Municipality of Albufeira.
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.
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 Arco da Vila, or arc of the city, is one of the medieval gates of entry to the historic lighthouse opposite the marina, the Banco de Portugal and the Church of Mercy. It is a National Monument and was built in 1812 by architect Francisco Xavier Fabri by the order of Bishop Francisco Gomes. It has a neoclassical facade, inside the arch there is a horseshoe arched wall belonging to Arabic walls and architecture. On the outside, there is a niche with the image of St. Thomas Aquinas.
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.