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About Lisbon

Lisbon, the westernmost European capital city, lies with the Sintra Mountains to the north and the Tagus River to the south. This old city with a long and storied history is built atop seven hills, its topography undulating between high and low. Buildings are constructed like mountain ranges, with old churches and monuments found throughout its dense medieval atmosphere. The new city district is a veritable forest of modern buildings. Even though the World Exposition Park is far away, it is still a good destination for for a leisurely walk. There is also the area of Belém replete with a nautical atmosphere, where you can walk and admire the exquisite architecture in the the glow of the setting sun. A sunset like this is absolutely unforgettable!

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Belém Tower
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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
Observation Deck
Belém Tower is a classic landmark of the port of Portugal. It witnessed the voyage and separation of countless ships in Portugal during the Great Navigation era. The return and reunion was completed by Manuel I in commemoration of the arrival of Da Gama in India. Used as a customs, telegraph station, or even a lighthouse. The whole building of Belém Tower is arranged in an "L" shape with five floors. The whole tower is made of white marble and is a typical Manuel style building. The tower is surrounded by stone ropes, with stone knots, crosses and some stone carvings of plants and animals. It is very special.
Monument to the Discoveries
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The nautical monument, also known as the Great Discovery Monument, stands beside the Empire Square, with its tall and straight posture and modern design, making it one of Lisbon's new landmarks. The monument was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the prince of the dynasty, Don Alfonso Henry, with statues of Henry, Da Gama and many other sailors engraved on the sides, along with a number of voyagers who accompanied them, and Famous generals, missionaries and scientists in the history of Portugal, behind the monument is a large cross symbolizing religious beliefs.
Jerónimos Monastery
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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
The Jeronimos Monastery is located in the prestigious Belem district. This magnificent white building is a prominent landmark of the port city. Together with the Church of the Order of the Knights of St. Mary, it is a masterpiece in the history of human medieval architecture. In 1983, together with the nearby Belém Tower, it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The famous navigator Da Gama also sleeps here.
São Jorge Castle
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Historical Site
The Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle) sits atop the highest hill in Portugal's Lisbon. Built in the fifth century, large portions of it were destroyed in the 18th Century after a major earthquake. It is a favorite attraction for tourists because of its incredible views of the beautiful surrounding city. There is a statue of King Afonso Henriques, who expelled the Moors and kings of Portugal, at the main gate. Peaceful and quiet, explore the remnants, its cannons and the remains of the Alcaçovas Palace, which housed Medieval kings. There is even a modern restaurant and museum.

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Belém Tower is one of the most popular world cultural heritages. It is also one of the oldest buildings in Portugal. This tower is not only a witness to Portugal's once glorious historical sites, but its unique architectural style and its particular location have brought it popularity around the world. It is a scenic spot for most tourists in Lisbon. Historically used as a customs, telegraph station, or even as a lighthouse, it has also been converted into a dungeon using a storage room like a prison. In the era of great navigation, it was also the starting point for navigators. It has now been turned into a museum, and the first floor has the cannons and turrets from the ancient time. Belém Tower looked at the bleakness of the world. Built in 1500, Belém Tower has a history of more than 500 years. Although it is called a tower, it is more like a small bunker, guarding the river bank. The entire tower is made of marble, and the bottom is originally a storage room, which was used to hold prisoners. Whenever the tide rises, the top tower looks like floating on the river, floating indefinitely, as if it is a beautiful fairyland. A lot of tourists come here to take a photo with Belem Tower. If you come to Lisbon, Portugal, do remember to visit this place.
Posted: 29 Nov 2018
The Arc de Triomphe on Augusta Street is a stone historical building and tourist attraction in Lisbon, Portugal. It is located in the commercial plaza to commemorate the post-disaster reconstruction of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.  Originally designed as a clock tower, the building has six columns 11 meters high and is decorated with statues of various historical figures. In the middle is the Portuguese national emblem. But after more than a century of delay, it eventually became a carved arch. The top group image was created by the French sculptor Celestan Anatoly Calmels. Since the top mouth is up to 30 meters, the characters on it must be huge.  The woman in the middle is 7 meters high, representing glory, standing on the throne of the third floor, holding two crowns, crowning virtue and genius on either side. There are four statues on the top of the column, the two on the right represent Nuno Alvarez Pereira and the Marquis of Pombal. On the left are Da Gama and Veriato. Two reclining figures symbolize the Tejo River and the Douro River.
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