While the world has been reeling under economic recession, Lisbon tourism is thriving and flourishing. There is a reason why the Portuguese capital is a popular tourist destination. This metropolis is a haven for visitors with its rich culture and history that blends seamlessly with the city’s modern culture and architecture.
No doubt Lisbon is a bustling modern city, but it has many attractions and sights that you should check out on a vacation. In fact, it is these sights and attractions that give impetus to Lisbon tourism and offer an unforgettable experience.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
This museum houses collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, who was an oil magnate from the United States. The museum has more than six thousand pieces, which include Egyptian artwork, sculptures, Italian and German manuscripts, documents from ancient Egypt and books printed way back in the 13th century. In addition, the museum also has a café cum restaurant where visitors can rest their tired feet after checking out the displays.
Vasco da Gama Tower
Although a new construction, the Vasco da Gama Tower gives a distinct character to the city’s skyline. It stands at a height of 145 meters, making it the tallest building in Lisbon. It is made from steel represents a sail of a boat. The Tower has a viewing platform and offers breathtaking view of the city, the Tagus River and the Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Pena National Palace
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in the city and country. The palace is an architectural marvel and is a blend of neo-Manueline, Islamic and neo-Gothic architectural styles. The palace is considered to be an expression of Romanticism which was prevalent in 19th century Europe. You will be amazed to see that practically the entire palace rests on a rock.
Igreja de Sao Roque
This is one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal. Here you will be able to find outstanding and well-preserved early Jesuit sacred art. The church as initially built to house a holy relic that was brough from Sao Roque, but it is now a museum. It also has a chapel that hosts mass for the locals and believers. In the museum, you will be able to see displays of oriental artwork, sculptures, paintings owned by the Society of Jesus and liturgical objects.
There is no doubt that Lisbon is a happening city and its beautiful architecture, monuments and buildings along with its pavement cafes and old quarters add to the city’s charm. This is one destination that should be on top of your list. You will not know what you are missing until you visit this beautiful and mesmerizing city.
Sights and Attractions in Lisbon