The area is very touristy, where shallow or flat shoes are best suited for large walks.
Sé Catedral de Lisboa
When going up the winding street, following the tram’s tracks, a gigantic monument with over 900 years of history comes up: it was D. Afonso Henriques that had the church be built, in 1147.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
The idea for this monument came up at the Portuguese World Exhibition, an event that was created in the 1940’s to celebrate the country and the homeland during Estado Novo’s dictatorship. Initially
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Statue of Christ, the King
it’s true, They have got a statue of Christ, with open arms, similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro, It’s even taller given that it has more than 100 meters, It was the last great sculpture from Francisco Franco de Sousa, who was known for his portraits and naked feminine paintings.
You can see prominent historic Portuguese figures: Vasco da Gama (navigator), Marquês de Pombal (politician and diplomat), Nuno Álvares Pereira (military man) and Viriato (a warrior from old Lusitânia). Designed in 1759 to demonstrate how the city recovered, magnificently, and only recently became possible to reach the top through an elevator and a flight of stairs. It’s completely gratifying to see the sunset from here.
The elevator is a creation of Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a Portuguese of French descent, During the day, the contrast between the dark iron and light buildings amazes those who gaze upon it. At night, the structure’s lighting makes it stand out from the center of downtown Lisbon.
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