Lisbon - the capital of Portugal
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a relatively small city, which can be bypassed in just a few days. The capital of the country, located on the Atlantic coast, surprises with its narrow streets, old houses and tiled roofs that you will never get tired of admiring.
One of the architectural gems of Lisbon, the monastery is so majestic and beautiful. The building dates back to the 16th century. It was then, at the behest of the ruling ruler of Portugal, Manuel I the Lucky, that the construction of the monastery began, which became his gratitude for the return of Vasco da Gama from a long voyage. The style of the castle is fully consistent with the traditions of that period. It's classic «manueline», harmoniously combining Gothic, Mauritanian influences and some elements of the Renaissance.
The walls of the monastery became the last refuge for many prominent personalities - Vasco da Gama, Luis Camões rests here.
Torrie de Belém Tower
It is imperative to include a visit to the Belém Tower in your hiking itinerary. This amazingly beautiful structure dating back to the Renaissance is located on the banks of the Tagus River. The fort, like the Jeronimos monastery, was erected in honor of the return of Vasco da Gama, who opened the way to India during his voyage..
Initially, the tower was supposed to become a five-tiered fortress lighthouse. And it was she who was the starting point for many sailors who set out on a voyage in order to open trade routes..
Torri de Belém Tower - the brightest representative «manueline». Here you can admire the delicate balconies, turrets erected in the Arabian style, the classic battlements and the coats of arms of the Knightly Order..
Santa Justa Elevator
The design and construction of the elevator took place between 1898 and 1902, and Raoul Mesnier du Pons, a student of Alexander Gustave Eiffel, became the engineer of this amazing elevator..
The elevator is made of cast iron. The facade is lavishly decorated with elements of the neo-gothic style. The lift is not just a magnificent openwork construction, it is used as before for its intended purpose. Located in the Baishi district, it takes guests and residents of the city to another area - Chiado in five minutes..
The main square of the capital. It looks very unusual due to the special method of paving. Dark and light cobblestones are laid out in waves. Additional beauty is given by luxurious bronze fountains.
On the square there is a monument to Pedro IV - one of the kings of Portugal, here is the National Theater.