The monolithic Padrão dos Descobrimentos, looking like a caravel ship frozen in midswell, was inaugurated in 1960 on the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator’s death. The 56m-high limestone giant is chock-full of Portuguese bigwigs. At the prow is Henry, while behind him are explorers Vasco da…
Sculptural. Discover all the explorers, authors and historical figures represented in the Monument to the Discoveries.
Amazing views of Lisbon and the suspension bridge. If you come at the end of the day, you can catch an amazing sun set too. Lovely vibe and one of Lisbon's nicest view points of the coast and suspension bridge. You can also go up the monument, however, there's plenty more to do and see outside.
“Famous pastry. Tip: don’t get in line, find other entrances just to buy take away ;)”
Place of Worship
“Among the most celebrated historic monuments in Portugal, the Jerónimos monastery is also one of the jewels in Lisbon's sightseeing crown. Commissioned by King Manuel I in 1501 and timed to coincide with the return of Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) after his momentous voyage to India, the church and adjacent monastery are considered the greatest examples of Manueline architecture in the country. The church's south portal is astonishing in its detail, with no less than 40 statues of ornate filigree embellishing the entrance. Inside, the nave is equally exuberant, the vaulting carved to resemble giant palms fanning out from slender octagonal pillars. Several royal tombs are placed in and around the chancel, including those of Manuel himself and King João III. Laid to rest nearer the entrance are Vasco da Gama and the poet Luís de Camões. Architect Diogo de Boitaca was originally tasked with designing the building but the sumptuous carved stone arches and balustrades in the cloister are the work of João de Castilho, who replaced de Boitaca in 1517. The monastery was occupied by the Order of St. Jerome (Hieronymites) until 1834.”
“O Palácio Nacional da Ajuda , a national monument since 1910, is not only the former royal dwelling and decorative arts museum, it is also the seat of other Portuguese institutions linked to culture and stage of protocol ceremonies.”
“- Specialty: sea food. Excelent, fresh, variety, cooked tradicionally; - Service: "old timers" , so excelent - Tends to be full. So, reservations are a good idea, specialy at weekands.”