Lisbon has the ability to brighten and lighten the souls of those who visit. Lisbon is probably best known for its colonialist history, ornate Manueline architecture and tradition of Fado music. Lisbon is the only country which offers world’s best spectacular hilltop vistas, pleasant year-round weather, friendly people and a true cafe culture. It would be too hard for you to capture all of the great things to do in Lisbon, but here is a list to get you started for your trip to Lisbon. Check it out.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. Jerónimos monastery is the well known world’s heritage monument and it is also the famous resting place of Vasco da Gama. The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. The design in the monastery is catered by elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs and you can enjoy the magnificent view of those arts. You can find Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age. The cloisters are magnificent, each column differently carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs evocative of that time of world exploration at sea.
The church interior is spacious with octagonal piers richly decorated with reliefs, and outside is a garden laid out in 1940 consisting of hedges cut in the shape of various municipal coats of arms of Portugal. In the centre you can find a large fascinating fountain that is completely decorated with coats of arms, often illuminated on special occasions. The whole monastery is very big so it’s hard to take picture of whole building. When you visit outside the Monastery, the courtyard, it is even more beautiful than you can ever imagine the detail, architect, the creative art and history. Visit Jerónimos monastery when you make a visit to Lisbon.
Lisbon has a wealth of excellent museums, from the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum to the outstanding Ancient Art Museum, and the more recent and acclaimed Design Museum. There are dozens of public and private collections, many housed in former palaces and convents that would be worth a visit even without their museum displays. Explore Tile Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum where you can spend most of your time in the lavishing collection.
Other museums have some of the world’s most valuable collections of their kind like the Coaches Museum and the Maritime Museum in the Belem district, also home to the Archaeology Museum and the lavish collection inside Ajuda Palace. There are two outstanding private art collections such as Anastácio Gonçalves Museum, and the Medeiros e Almeida Museum that are often overlooked but worthy of a visit for admirers of decorative arts. Explore the best museums in Lisbon and have a treat.(Image by:MNJ)
Overall, Lisbon is a city ripe for discovery. Explore the country and enjoy your trip with you family or friends.
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