Elevador de Santa Justa
The Santa Justa elevator was inaugurated on 10 July 1902, connecting the Baixa area to the ruins of the church of Igreja do Carmo It is a work of the Portuguese engineer Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, in neo-Gothic style, with a structure in cast iron, enriched with filigree works. In 2002 it was classified as a national monument.
Bairro Alto is an old and picturesque neighborhood in the center of Lisbon, with narrow cobbled streets, centuries-old houses, small traditional shops, restaurants and night clubs.
Jardino São Pedro de Alcantara
The Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara was built in 1864 on two terraces.
It has a small lake and a belvedere, which offers an impressive view of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Wonderful view at sunset and at night, when the Castle and the Cathedral are illuminated.
Elevador da Glória
Opened on 24 October 1885, it connects the Praça dos Restauradores and the Bairro Alto (Jardino / Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara), through the Calçada da Glória.
Originally, it used rack and cable balanced by the counterweight of the water as a traction system, and then moved to be steam driven. In 1915, the second elevator implanted in the city was electrified.
The cars used were on two floors, with longitudinally arranged seats. Currently, the cabins have only one floor, but keep their longitudinal benches.
In 2002, it was classified as a national monument.
Avenida da liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade is one of the main streets of the city which connects the Restauradores square with the Marquês de Pombal square. Approximately 90 m wide and 1100 m long, it has wide sidewalk decorated with gardens and Portuguese calçada floors.
Its scenic qualities, prestigious shops, hotels, theaters and historic buildings make it a landmark of the city. But pay attention! It is considered the 35th most expensive road in the world.
Parco Edoardo VII de Inglaterra
The park Eduardo VII de Inglaterra is the largest park in the center of Lisbon.
At the top there is a monumental belvedere, where a mega flag of Portugal is hoisted which represents the pride of the people being Portuguese and Lisbon to be the capital of the country. (Out of curiosity, the flag was suggested by an 8-year-old boy, named Tomás Carvalho, in 2003, to the then President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio.)
The central and grassy lane is flanked by long sidewalks in Calçada Portuguese , which divide the park into two green areas with trees. In the north-west corner of the park, in the place of an old basalt quarry, there is the Serra Fredda, with a variety of exotic plants, streams, waterfalls, palm trees and paths, fuchsias, flowering shrubs and banana trees. Warm greenhouse with lush plants, lakes and cacti as well as tropical birds.
Near the greenhouses there is a lake with large carps and a playground for children in the shape of a galleon.
Fondazione Champalimaud – Champalimaud Foundation
The mission of the Champalimaud Foundation is to develop programmes of advanced biomedical research and provide clinical care of excellence, with a focus on translating pioneering scientific discoveries into solutions which can improve the quality of life of individuals around the world.
Inaugurated on 17 December 2004, the extremely interesting building was designed by Charles Correa, responsible for other important and iconographic architectural works such as the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the tower of the Kanchanjunga apartments in Mumbai or the new city “Navi Mumbai”
Today, an old restored and renovated textile factory welcomes coffee, artist’s workshops, restaurants, tattoo studios, photography or design studios, coworking offices and even one of the most original bookshops in the world and in all tourist guides called Ler Devagar , an eccentric space to live.
A touristic tour if you want, but a wonderful experience that I wanted to do and I loved: A bus that converts into a boat, which takes you to explore the heart of the Portuguese capital, on land and water.
I thank my aunt who gave me this unforgettable tour in our city ❤
MNAA – Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
It is considered the most important artistic museum in Portugal as well as one of the most important in Europe.
It occupies the palace of the counts of Algarve, dating back to the eighteenth century, and the old convent of Sant’Alberto. The convent chapel is a beautiful example of Portuguese Baroque art and architecture from the 18th century and is incorporated into the exhibition.
The museum’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, metals, textiles, furnishings, drawings, and other forms of decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. The collections, in particular those that range from the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, are particularly important because they provide numerous examples of Portuguese paintings, sculptures and metals.
Museu Nacional dos Coches
Museu dos Coches is one of the most visited museums in Portugal.
Opened in 1905, it was extended with new facilities in 2015.
The collection is considered the most extraordinary in the world of its kind, allowing us to appreciate not only the technical evolution of animal traction transport, but also the varied decorative art and detailed ornamentation of the cars of the time.
You have read this term several times along this article and you have wondered what it is.
La Calçada Portuguesa is the name of a type of floor covering used mainly for sidewalks, public spaces and private spaces. A composition of irregularly shaped stones, usually in black and white limestone, used to form decorative patterns or mosaics given by the contrast between the different colors of the stones. It is part of the national heritage defended with great pride. Admiring it is easy, just look down while walking.
Zest edited the book Street Art Lisbon. But the quantity and quality of the works with which national and foreign artists have colored the city from 2014 to today explain the publication of the second volume.
They are scattered everywhere and they are beautiful (nothing has to do with vandalism that, a number seems, is everywhere, unfortunately)