Hi incurable Travellers,
we have come to our fourth and final day in Lisbon. Once awakened, and made a hearty breakfast at the Grand Hotel Altis, with a free transfer to hotel, we headed in the famous Belem and Ajuda area.
It’s possible to reach Belem from the city center by tram 15 that runs parallel to the banks of the Tagus and passes beneath the large suspension bridge that features and color reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The first monument you will encounter if you come to Belem along the banks of the Tagus is modern and dedicated to the Portuguese navigators, which marks the beginning of parado Discoveries in Belem tower that has the big attraction.
The visit is a fee, but including for holders of Lisboa card, and very interesting. Climb up to the roof of the tower along a narrow stone spiral staircase on which open the doors of the halls of the various floors of the tower and is regulated by traffic lights timed to allow the ascent and descent alternating tourists.
It’s the best example of Manueline art and symbol of the city, was erected in the river as a beacon and tower defense, had to be equipped with artillery and part of a defense project, never completed, it was in charge of protecting the city from the raids of pirates.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage listing.
The structure is Romanesque-Gothic but the decorations evoke the Moorish art, giving it a special charm. Looking up he recognizes a massive platform from which protrude huge battlements and towers cells to surround the tower.
If you look very carefully you can see the base figure of a rhinoceros, which recalls the gift of this animal from the king of Cambodia to Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1514.
The rooms we visited were very bare, but it deserves a special mention the beautiful loggia on the third floor and the upper terrace from which you can enjoy a wide view.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos de Belem
Leaving the tower of Belem we headed to the famous Mosteiro dos Jeronimos de Belem, which shows impressive and is also a masterpiece of Manueline and declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The complex took the place of the church of Santa Maria, whose monks assisted the sailors, and was founded in the sixteenth century. The element with the greatest impact on the side of the monastery is given by the portal of the church of Santa Maria, richly decorated framed by pinnacles and statues.
The interior is characterized by pillars covered with medieval reliefs supporting Gothic arches and was designated as a burial place for the Portuguese rulers and there is also the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the famous Marquis de Camoes.
The real treasure of the monastery, however, is the cloister which can be visited for a fee and is outside of the church. It has a large square-shaped and has two orders of mullioned windows covered with reliefs and candelabras, medallions and Alcantara stone ribs.
We talk about the culinary specialties of Belem, or the Pasteis de Belem, in this article Pasteis de Belem while the beginning of the story of our trip to Lisbon, you can find it in the article: Two incurable travelers in Lisbon.
For more information:
Turismo de Lisboa
Visitors & Convention Bureau
Rua do Arsenal, 15
Tel. +351210312700 – Fax +351210312899
Visit Lisboa: www.visitlisboa.com
Where to stay: During our trip to Lisbon, we stayed at the Grand Hotel Altis, for more information and reservations: www.altishotels.com/lisbona
How to get there:
The easiest and fastest way to reach Portugal is definitely the plane.
We flew with the company TAP Portugal and we remind you that TAP Portugal flights from Rome, Milan, Bologna and Venice to Lisbon from € 114 a / r inclusive rate. All rates include a meal on board, a checked baggage max 23 kg + max 8 kg hand.
Online check-in and mobile check-in from 72 hours up to 90 minutes before departure of the flight, with the boarding pass to print or show on your mobile device. Free app for info on flight and destination chosen and automatic notifications via e-mail and text messages on purchased flights.
For promo and information www.flytap.com
Distances: 2,538 km Rome, Milano 2,150 Km, Venezia 2404 Km.
Documents: For European citizen none, even if it getting better to bring along the identity card.
Lisbon weather: Climate almost always mild, autumn rains that make possible the melancholy and mysterious atmosphere.
Time: – 1 hour of difference with Italy.
Voltage Electricity: The electric current is like in Italy, to 220 volts. The Portuguese have taken two round inputs. Bring along the adapter.
Recommended period: All year.