Ajuda National Palace, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

Ajuda National Palace, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

The Ajuda National Palace is a neoclassical monument in the civil parish of Ajuda in the city of Lisbon, central Portugal. Built on the site of a temporary wooden building constructed to house the Royal family after the 1755 earthquake and tsunami, it was originally begun by architect Manuel Caetano de Sousa, who planned a late Baroque-Rococo building. Later, it was entrusted to José da Costa […]

The Electricity Museum, Museu da Electricidade

The Electricity Museum,  Museu da Electricidade

The Electricity Museum (in Portuguese Museu da Electricidade) is a cultural centre that presents the evolution of Energy with a Museum of Science and Industrial Archaeology concept, where themed and experimental exhibits live side by side with a great variety of cultural events. Located in the Belém area on terrain Lisbon usurped from the Tagus river (Tejo in Portuguese) at the end of the 19th century, in one of the city’s areas with […]

The Lisbon City Guide of 1925, by Fernando Pessoa

The Lisbon City Guide of 1925, by Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa wrote a city guide about Lisbon in English in 1925. The manuscript was published in a bilingual English-Portuguese version.   Try to follow the footsteps of Pessoa…   Lisbon, What the Tourist Should See Over seven hills, which are as many points of observation whence the most magnificent panoramas may be enjoyed, the […]

Lisbon Old Funiculars and Elevators

Lisbon Old Funiculars and Elevators

Santa Justa Elevator, Rua Aurea & Rua de Santa Justa, +351 (21) 361-3054. Located downtown, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects downtown to Trinidade, located many metres uphill. 7 Colinas valid. Inaugurated on 10 July 1902, it is the only street lift in Lisbon for public service. It was built […]

Tram 28, The Best Way to Know Old Lisbon

Tram 28, The Best Way to Know Old Lisbon

Instead of paying for a ride on one of the costly tourist trams, try Tram 28. Tram (or “Eléctrico” in the Portuguese) Line 28 is one of only three traditional tram lines that still operate in Lisbon. These trams, which until the late-1980’s ran all through-out Lisbon, were manufactured between 1936 and 1947. Tram 28 […]

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Collection

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Collection

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Portuguese: Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) is a museum in Lisbon, Portugal, containing a collection of ancient, and some modern, art. The museum was founded according to Calouste Gulbenkian‘s last will, in order to accommodate and display Gulbenkian’s art collection belonging now to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The permanent exhibition galleries are distributed in chronological and geographical order to create […]

The Old and The New Coach Museum, Museu Nacional dos Coches

The Old and The New Coach Museum, Museu Nacional dos Coches

  The Old Coach Museum The Coach Museum is one of Lisbon’s most popular, annually attracting over 200,000 visitors. It was founded in 1905 by Dona Amélia de Orleães (the last Portuguese queen) and it stands in the former Royal horse riding arena. Located by the river Tagus, in the western area of Lisbon, the […]

Roman Lisbon, Olissipo

Recent archaeological finds show that Lisbon grew around a pre-Roman settlement on the hill of the Castelo de São Jorge, as its ancient name, Olissipo, indicates.During the Second Punic War, Mago, the younger brother of Hannibal Barca, was stationed with his troops among the Cynetes, or Conii, in the Algarve, while Hasdrubal Gisco was encamped […]

Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira

Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira

The Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira was built in 1671 as a hunting pavilion to Dom João de Mascarenhas, 1st Marquis of Fronteira, who received his title from KingAfonso VI of Portugal for his loyalty to the House of Braganza in the Portuguese Restoration War. The palace is the private residence of the Marquesses of Fronteira. The palace is located in […]

Comercio Square Arch, New Lisbon Downtown Viewpoint

Comercio Square Arch, New Lisbon Downtown Viewpoint

  Visit the new viewpoint at Praca do Comercio(Terreiro do Paco), Lisbon Downtown. The top of the Arch of Augusta Street, which offers a unique panoramic view over the city of Lisbon, can be played along with the hall vaults housing the existing machinery of the clock there. But not everyone can do it, since […]