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12 secret places that tourists visit more than Lisbonians still haven’t discovered

We are frequently strangers within our own city. And it is not rare that those who come from abroad, who come here just for a visit or to do tourism, know more about the secrets of Lisbon than the Lisbonites themselves.

Tourists, armed with their own curiosity that they want to discover the most beautiful places in Lisbon, have a greater tendency to visit some places and monuments that unfortunately, go unnoticed by the majority of the façades. Maybe this is happening because of the routine, because we are already so used to the city that we don’t even know how to repair our secrets, our details.

In any case, if you want to reverse this trend and really get to know the city where you live, follow our instructions and discover the most secret places in Lisbon… for your own inhabitants. Perhaps after this article I will go to Olhar to live with other eyes and discover a Lisbon (ainda) more beautiful than the one I imagined.

1. Fronteira Palace

Fronteira Palace

This palace, a characteristic “fifth” of the Lisbon region, is the most notable eclosion of Portuguese Baroque, one of the best examples of Portuguese palace architecture in the sec. XVII. It was ordered to be built by the 1st Marquês de Fronteira, D. João de Mascarenhas, during o sec. XVII, being that, after the earthquake of 1755, the local was alvo of extensions and improvements.

The Fronteira palace is surrounded by magnificent gardens, being that the whole complex contains an admirable sparse tile. Today, the palace is patrimony of the Fundação das Casas de Fronteira e Alorna, being classified as a National Monument.

2. Foz Palace

Foz Palace
Foz Palace

Initially called Palácio castelo Melhor, it was projected no sec. XVIII, but its construction was prolonged, it was tied to the sec. XIX. The façade and structure are in the seventeenth century style, but the interior, later remodeled, has a revivalist style, characteristic of the second half of the sec. XIX. At the height at which it was built, there were barely hours around the palace; hehe, it’s surrounded by houses. The family that ordered this building to be built took little time with it.

In 1889, the Marchioness D. Helena de Vasconcelos sold the space to Tristão Guedes, a name of great fortune and who was administrator of the Companhia Real do Caminho-de-Ferro. Second it is told, this last ter-se-á took advantage of his functions to buy this palace for a pechincha.

3. Patriarchal Reservoir

Water Museum
Water Museum

This reservoir is located under the Príncipe Real garden, and was built between 1860 and 1864 to be part of the water distribution network in Lisbon. The reservoir is protected by 31 pillars that support a domed roof.

The local has been deactivated since the 40s and can be visited through the Museu da Água or two shows that run for non-local times.

4. Estrela Basilica

Estrela Basilica

In Praça da Estrela, find what is one of the last great baroque churches and one of the two most beautiful monuments of Lisbon, inside and out. Its interior is covered in marble and has an enormous prize from the sculptor Machado de Castro. Here you can also find the burial mound of D. Maria I, who ordered the construction of the basilica.

Climb 112 degrees for a long-range view over Lisbon, being able to see the Jardim da Estrela, Lapa, and Tejo from a unique perspective, a place that is not very frequented. To do it, you will have to pay a ticket, but the truth is that the experience is worth it.

5. São Roque Church

Sao Roque Church
Sao Roque Church

Not Largo Trindade Coelho, not Bairro Alto, find this church, with a simple façade, but with two of the most magnificent interiors of the capital, containing a chapel that is said to be “the most valuable in the world”. It is about the Capela de São João Batista, which was entrusted to Rome In 1742 he traced piece by piece to Lisbon.

It is a true work of art, which uses rich materials such as ivory, pencil-lazuli and gold, and which has a fine artistic conduct in two works. But the remaining chapels of the church are also rich in gold talha, tiles, fabrics and marble.

6. Palace of the Counts of Óbidos

Biblioteca da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa
Biblioteca da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa

Next to the 9 de abril garden and the National Museum of Ancient Art, find this palace, also called Palácio das Janelas Verdes, in Santos. Built I don’t know XVII under the command of D. Vasco de Mascarenhas, its façade marked by the sobriety of the lines is punctuated with quadrangular towers, in the style of two velhos solares mediaevais.

To the south, there is a large terrace overlooking the river, decorated with a fantastic tile panel. Today, it is the headquarters of the Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa and in its interior you can visit a few days most beautiful libraries in Portugal.

7. Church of the Convent of the Mother of God

Church of the Convent of the Mother of God

On Rua da Madre de Deus, in Xabregas, you will find the Convento da Madre de Deus, which is home to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. The church of the convent is still today considered one of the most beautiful in the country, since it mixes the tile in the Baroque style, the gold talha and painting on canvas.

The tiles used in the decoration of the space are of Portuguese and Dutch authorship. Já as 20 fabrics that adorn the ceiling, and that illustrate the life of the Virgin, are authored by the painter Marcos Cruz and were created between 1660 and 1670.

8. Burnay Palace

Burnay Palace
Burnay Palace- António Reis

I was ordered to build I don’t know. XVIII by D. César de Meneses, in the main height of Sé de Lisboa, and by this is also called Palácio dos Patriarcas. It was the summer palace of the patriarchs of Lisbon, after having been bought I don’t know. XIX by banker Henrique Burnay, who ordered him to decorate sumptuously. We highlight the stoves, which integrate the building, or the zimbório, which surrounds the ladder.

The palace, annexes and gardens are considered Imóvel of Public Interest. The building now houses the Reitoria e Ação Social services of the Technical University of Lisbon and the Tropical Scientific Research Institute.

9. Menino de Deus Church

Igreja do Menino Deus
Igreja do Menino Deus

In Alfama, on the Calçada do Menino Deus, there is a church that is always dated, despite having its door open on the day it completed three centuries, in July 2011.

But don’t worry: to access the interior, just be afraid to touch the bell on the door next to it. This church, which is hidden near the castle, was ordered to be built in 1711 by D. João V and stands out for the use of marble and other noble materials, and served as the basis for other Baroque-style constructions in our country.

10. Ega Palace

Ega Palace
Ega Palace

Also known as Palácio do Pátio do Saldanha or Palácio dos Condes da Ega, it is located on Calçada da Boa-Hora, in Alcântara. One of its interior rooms, or “Salão Pompeia”, has been an Imóvel of Public Interest since 1950.

The construction of the palace began, I don’t know. XVI, having a fountain with the inscription of the year of 1582, height in which the Casa Nobre already existed. The building has 3 different parts, which derive from feitas works I don’t know. XVIII, height in which the “Salão Pompeia” was created and demolished the old capella. There are two more secret palaces in Lisbon.

11. House of Alentejo

House of Alentejo
House of Alentejo

In the parish of Santa Justa, in Lisbon, this palace is found, also known as Antigo Palácio Pais do Amaral, Antigo Palácio São Luís and Casa do Alentejo. The building was characterized as a Property of Public Interest by IGESPAR. The construction of the premises is due at the end of the sec. XVII, and ao longo do tempo, came to function here a high school and a furniture store.

In 1919, I was installed in one of the first two casinos in Lisbon, or Majestic Club, at which point the building was thoroughly remodeled and the decorations gained a revivalist style. In 1932, the Grémio Alentejano acquired the property, tending in 1981 to become the property of Casa do Alentejo.

12. Galveias Palace

Galveias Palace
Galveias Palace

Located in the area of ​​Avenidas Novas, on the sides of Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno, or Galveias Palace It was built I don’t know XVII as country house of the Távora family name. Since 1929, a library occupies the entire palace. No exterior garden, there is a kiosque with esplanade.

The set was undergoing requalification works for two years, it will reopen in June 2017. You can visit the palace for free and take the opportunity to buy some works on its shelves.

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