Lisbon Architecture

Lisbon’s architecture has undergone many influences and changes. Due to the communications with great part of the world for over 800 years, it is clear to see around Portugal, buildings that could have been built by French, Arab or Brazilian people, but always faithful to the Portuguese nature and culture.

Walking in Lisbon is a non-stop discovery experience. Take your time and look carefully at the train station in Rossio. Right next to it, you'll find the renovated Rossio Square and down Rua Augusta an arch resembling the Arch of Triumph leads way to the outstanding Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). In the surrounding area don't miss the traditional quarters of Alfama, Bairro Alto, Mouraria and Chiado. You will be amazed at the architectural contrasts to be found here!
Also, make sure you visit the Belém area. The Jerónimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Belém Tower and the modern Cultural Centre of Belém, set in an area of well looked after gardens that will pander even to the delights of the most discerning visitors.

The most modern part of Lisbon is in the Parque das Nações, where the Expo ’98 was held. Here the tall modern glass buildings decorate the gridded streets. The Gare do Oriente Station is more recent, bigger and with a great number of shops, contrasting with the central Santa Apolónia station, which is smaller and less hectic. Here you will also find large shopping centres and the tallest tower in Portugal, the Vasco da Gama tower.

Telling you where to go for the many architectural wonders in Lisbon has never, and never will be easy. Our best advice is that you keep your eyes wide open and get the most you can from this enchanted city.


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