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Published on November 18th, 2013 | by admin


The Top Five Tourists Attractions of the City of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the greatest cities in the world. Boasting one of the first centres of urban development, it also displays ancient cultural monuments and surpasses all with its beautiful beach sunsets. Lisbon has a lot of sights to sate the desire of the many tourists that visit there every year. From one of the largest oceanariums in the world, to its exotic tiled museum, it makes one wonder at the mysteries surrounding all its splendour. Below are some of the most visited tourist attractions in the city of Lisbon.

oceanario de Lisboa1. Oceanario De Lisboa, the Oceanario De Lisboa is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. The aquarium, located at Esplanda Dom Carlos 1, not far from the popular Oriente metro stop, was built in 1998. The major section of the aquarium houses over 100 species of aquatic life, inclusive of sharks and other exotic marine creatures. It is educational and forms one of the most intriguing artificial habitats.  Guests visiting there for the first time are usually advised to either make their visit early enough during weekends or preferably during weekdays in order to avoid the ever thronging crowd. The aquarium forms a huge part of the Portuguese heritage because of the connection and the feeling attached to their early profession as sea merchants. This makes the aquarium a National pride.


2. The Jeronimos Monastery, built in the 17th century, forms the burial place of the famous explorer Vasco Da Gamma. The cloisters used in this monastery are said to be the finest in the world. The aesthetics of the monastery also makes one wonder at the expertise imputed into the construction of the edifice, and that presents one of the many reasons why tourists find the building fascinating.


Torre_Belem_(Lisboa)3. The Belem Tower, representing the Renaissance era for the city, was built in the 16th century and is recognised as a world monument by UNESCO.  The tower is located at Avenida da India at the Belem area, and open to visitors between October to April, from 10am to 5pm, and also between May to September, from 10am to 6:30pm, except Monday. To get there, you can take the Tram 15. The entry fee is 5 Euros, but visitors using the Lisboa card are allowed free entry.


4. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, a collection of treasure, is one of the finest collections of artworks in the world. Among its works are that of Ruben, Rembrandt and Monet.


5. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist, constructed between 1742 and 1750, is considered to be a masterpiece unique in European art.  At the time, the chapel was reportedly the most expensive chapel in Europe and was said to have been paid for with the gold gotten from Brazil. The chapel introduced the new Rococo style into Portugal that formed the trends of Portuguese gilt woodwork.

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