Lisbon: what to see in Portugal’s capital in two days
What to see in Lisbon, monuments and neighborhoods to visit in the capital of Portugal.
Built on seven hills, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, in the past it was first conquered by the Romans and later by the Arabs, who remained there until the twelfth century, when they were defeated by the Christians led by Alfonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. The Arab period is still very evident in the city, especially in some historic districts like dell’Alfama, as is well represented the era of the great discoveries, when great riches from Brazil and from new businesses derived from new ocean routes, financed the construction of churches, monasteries and various monuments, in the typical Manueline style (1490-1520 approximately).
What to do in Lisbon in two days
– District of the Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, before the conquest of the first king of Portugal, very picturesque and full of charm, labyrinthine and polychrome.
– Castle of St. George is located on top of the hill and offers a beautiful view over the city.
– Cathedral, also called SE, short for Sedes Episcopalis, was founded in 1147. In various architectural styles shows the facade of the Romanesque style.
– Barrio top, or the upper district, famous for its nightlife, distinctive for its narrow streets with steps (becos) and buildings covered with tiles that form of mosaics inspired by Arab, called azulejos. And ‘possible to reach this neighborhood passing walk from Chiado, another neighborhood where there are the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, or by using a convenient and historic elevator Elevador Santa Justa.
– Quarter Baixa, the lower and more ‘commercial city, ideal for shopping.
– Belem, along the River Tagus, is a very interesting area, from there they sailed great navigators in search of new lands. In this neighborhood is the Mosteiro Dos Jerominos, a monastery built in the late fifteenth century., A jewel of Manueline. Inside is the tomb of Vasco de Gama. In this quarter you can admire another fine example of Manueline architecture, the Tower of Belém, built in the years 1513 – 1520. Near it was built in 1960, the imposing Monument to the Discoveries Monument to the Discoveries.