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Lisbon’s Top Architectural Wonders

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As the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe, Lisbon has a history that teems with Iron Age tribes, Roman dictators, Moorish conquerors, and explorers of all stripes. And its architecture reflects this varied past as well as the city’s kinetic present and ongoing resilience. Whether you prefer antiquated cathedrals, marvels of modern design, or anything in between, you’ll be wowed by the wonders on display in Lisbon.
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It’s well worth venturing west beyond Lisbon’s central squares (Rossio Square and Praca do Comercio) to reach Jerónimos Monastery. It’s a prime example of Manueline architecture, a style unique to early-16th-century Portugal and reflective of the...
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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
In 1755, Lisbon was all but devoured by an earthquake so strong that it still ranks as one of the most destructive in recorded history. One of the few structures to survive somewhat intact was the Carmo Convent—an impressive feat,...
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Take a break from history and step back into the present at Gare do Oriente, a short metro ride from central Lisbon. This gargantuan spaceship of a transit station serves as a hub for buses, regional trains, and high-speed rail lines. Chances are,...
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R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
The Santa Justa lift and its adjacent platform offer direct sight lines into downtown Lisbon. You can look down at Rua Áurea as it bustles with locals and tourists alike, observe residents of nearby apartments reading or enjoying a chat out on...
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Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa looks more like an imposing medieval castle than your typical European cathedral. But what it lacks in extravagant adornments, it more than makes up for in its history. The facade and main structure follow a...