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Jewels of the World Heritage in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the main destinations in Portugal. It is thanks to its particular charms and some wonderful monuments.

Jewels of the World Heritage in Lisbon

Last update: 11 January, 2020

Portugal is a country of enormous cultural and artistic wealth. It is appreciated in small towns and in large cities such as Coimbra, Porto or its capital. In the latter we stop our steps. We are going to know two wonderful places, two treasures of the World Heritage in Lisbon. Can you come with us?

Lisbon, the jewel of Portugal

View of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Some of its buildings have been recognized by UNESCO for their enormous beauty and architectural and historical value.

But not only its constructions: its neighborhoods, its squares and its atmosphere make it a very special city. The Portuguese capital is one of those cities that falls in love. It does so when one walks through neighborhoods such as Alfama, contemplates from one of its viewpoints or Basque listens to fados in its premises.

The World Heritage Site in Lisbon

We are going to focus on two wonderful constructions that you have to visit without excuse. They are the treasures of the World Heritage in Lisbon. Can you imagine what they are?

The Tower of Belem

Belem Tower in Lisbon

Built in the 16th century on the banks of the Tagus, the tower was raised with the aim of defending itself from invaders. However, throughout his life he has had several functions. Prison, lighthouse and even headquarters to collect taxes have been some of his tasks.

A reference to Manueline art, the Torre de Belém has Arabic and Oriental details. Its main attraction, in addition to its position on the waters of the Tagus River, lies in its beautiful decoration. A tip: look for the carved head of a rhinoceros, it has a curious history.

Inside you can visit different rooms, such as the Governor’s Room, the King’s Room or the Audience Room. Nevertheless, there is a very special place: its terrace. From it you can see magnificent views.

Jeronimos Monastery

Monastery of los jeronimos

Near the Torre de Belém is the Jerónimos Monastery. In fact, from the terrace we have a magnificent view of its exterior. Also a referent of Manueline architecture, It was built in the 16th century by order of King Manuel I of Portugal.

The reason for its construction was closely related to navigation, so important for the country at that time. The monastery was built to celebrate the arrival of Vasco da Gama from his trip to India. And it was built on the same site as a hermitage where he had prayed before leaving on his journey.

Of the monastery stands out, in the first place, its church. In it it is possible to admire six imposing columns that seem to have no end. It is a church with a single nave in which the tomb of Vasco de Gama is located.

There is another very important place: the cloister. It is beautifully decorated with typical Manueline motifs, such as marine ropes. From it you can access the high choir of the church and the refectory, decorated with tiles.

A part of the monastery houses the National Museum of Archaeology. In it you can see an extensive collection of Egyptian and Roman art, as well as Portugal’s largest collection of gold work.

other monuments

Monument to the Discoveries – vichie81

One step away from these two treasures of the World Heritage Site in Lisbon, you can admire another monument. Yes, much more modern. The Monument to the Discoveries was built in the 60s of the last century to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator.

A 52-meter-high construction that represents a caravel. Around it we can see the great figures of Portuguese shipping. And at the foot of it there is a huge mosaic that represents the compass rose. To contemplate it, nothing like climbing to the top of the monument.

And although it is not a monument as such, there is another place whose image is worth contemplating. The mouth of the Tagus River is a fabulous natural space that we cannot miss on our trip to Portugal. To admire it, it is best to go up to the terrace of the Torre de Belém, the image is spectacular.

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