Many European cities have turned their underground train stations into a public art gallery you can enjoy for a price of a metro ticket. Lisbon metro is famous for its picturesque tiles or "azujelo", both historical and modern, and various art exhibits.
Jeronimos monastery is the most impressive building in Lisbon, a real masterpiece and glory of architecture style called Manueline. It was built during 16th century replacing a church of Santa Maria de Belem that had existed on the sam site. The construction of the monastery was financed by a pepper tax, 5% levy that was put on income from trade with Orient and African countries. In 1604 Philip II of Portugal declared the Monastery as a royal pantheon. During centuries a monastery has benn rebuild several times and the facade we see tody comes from mid 19th century, it extends for more then 300 meters providing an excellent photo oppoprtunities for tourists. Free entrance to the monastery and museums located here on Sundays untill 14:00 and public holidays.
Lisbon is famous with its buildings featuring beautiful tiled facades, some of them are real works of art. Below find a list of some building worth finding in the labyrinths of Lisbon's streets.
Every Saturday and Sunday get insight of Lisbon in a free tip-supported walking tours. Prior booking is needed at least 48 hours in advance, register at www.discoverwalks.com/lisbon-walking-tours. On the spot look for a guide in pink purple vest.
set on 7 hills Lisbon with its narrow streets and so many secret spots that only locals are aware about is not easy to navigate. Lisbon Chill out Free Walking Tour is a perfect introduction for first time visitors.
National Geographic has rated Tram route nr 28 among Top 10scenic trolley rides in the world. It crosses the city from east to west, climbing away from the center through the narrow cobbled streets and steep gradients of the Bairro Alto, Baixa, and Alfama districts. The small vintage trams navigate tight turns past markets, restaurants, and churches.
Tower of Belem was built in 16th century as part of river Tagus defense system, but has become a real arcitectural jewel and symbol of Lisbon city. From the top of the tower you get magnificent views over the city and the sea. Free entry on Sundays and public holidays untill 14:00, and every day for children under 14. Excellent location on the river makes it an excellent photo opportunity for tourists at any time of a day.
Museum of contemporary art Chiado presents contemporary Portuguese art from the second half of the 19th century until today, as well as some international pieces including sculptures by Rodin. Free admission on Sundays and bank holidays until 14:00 and any time for children under 14. The terrace of museum offers beautiful views over Lisbon, so you can plan a Sunday brunch here.