Monthly Archives: December 2011
Besides being the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is also its largest city and is thus a centre for trade and commerce. It is also called the alpha city because the role it plays in all fields like finance, entertainment etc. If you ever visit Portugal, you must visit Lisbon! It has a convenient location with the Iberian Peninsula lying on the west, along with the Atlantic and Tagus river.
- BELEM TOWER: this monument too has been declared a World Heritage site and is surely worth a visit. This tower is symbolic of this city’s development. Its architecture is worth a look.
- ST. GEORGE’S CASTLE: this ancient castle with its archaic walls and a millennium-old architectural style is simply remarkable. It has a spectacular view of the city from its high top. Not only this, it also features an archaeological museum inside. This is the place you must not miss at any cost.
- ANCIENT ART MUSEUM: this National gallery of Portugal features amazing European and Oriental art collections. The basic theme of most of the painting is the age of discovery, many of them showing Portugal’s connections with Africa and Asia.
- CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM: this museum displays a breathtaking collection of eastern and western art treasures all belonging to one single man. Works of Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and René Lalique all feature here, thus making it the world’s most remarkable private collection.
- BERARDO MUSEUM: this museum again displays a spectacular art collection featuring works of Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali among others. Once again, this collection is private and belongs to a Portuguese millionaire. But the best part is yet to come – this display is absolutely free!
- JERONIMOS MONASTERY: having been listed as a World Heritage site, this monastery has the most beautiful cloisters in the whole world. The frescoes on its ceilings are mind-blowing. the church built inside is the resting place of the great Vasco da Gama. So when you come here, don’t forget your cameras!
- TILE MUSEUM: this museum’s display is extremely unique! It displays decorative tiles, which is an ancient art form. The convent in which this display is put up is extremely old and has a lavish and baroque architecture.