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Lisbon Travel Guide

Pretty boulevards and Art Nouveau architecture, Moorish settlements as well as high-rise buildings, theatres, nightclubs and museums are aplenty in this interesting city. Lisbon is all that you can expect a European capital to be, and much more.

Lisbon – commercial hub and cultural capital of Portugal – is seated at the head of the Taguas river on the west-central edge of the country. Designated the 1994 European City of Culture, this harbor city certainly lives up to its title.

Lisbon is the quintessentially Eurpoean city. So come and fall prey to its charms!

Forget the trek and take the elevator up. Lisbon’s exciting and convenient Elevador de Santa Justa built in the early 1900's is a Gothic-style street elevator that runs from Baixa way up to Bairro Alto, thus saves you from a very steep climb.

When in Lisbon take a walk on the black-and-white pavements that line the city. These sidewalks are made up of three inch cubes of cream colored limestone and dark grey basalt stones. The black represents the holy attire worn by the Lisbon's patron Saint Vincent, while the white represents the white outfits of the Christian Crusaders who vanquished the Moors.

Did you know that there lies a hidden Roman underworld beneath Lisbon’s downtown shopping area comprising of rooms, chambers, corridors and bridges? Moreover, the entrance to this world is marked by a block of metal at the top of Rua da Conceicao and is only open to the people two days in a year due to dangerous conditions lurking below.

Lisbon's favorite attraction the Torre de Belem (Belem Tower) has worn various hats. In the 15th century the tower was built to safeguard the harbor then in 16th century it served as a prison and today, the tower serves as a monument giving its visitors a pamoramic view of the city.

The world’s earliest recorded hot-air balloon model invented by Father Bartolomeu de Gusmao was flown indoors at the Casa da India, Praca do Comercio in Lisbon on 8 August, 1709. He later ran away to Spain for fear of being accused of performing black magic.


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