10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon – Travel Video

10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon – Travel Video

The capital of sunny Portugal, Lisbon is situated
at the point where the Tagus River estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean. As a travel destination, the riverfront city
is as rich and varied as the country’s long history. From the ruins of a Moorish castle perched
atop one of the city’s seven hills to a sidewalk café snuggled against an ancient
Visigoth wall, remnants of Lisbon’s colorful past are everywhere. While Western Europe’s oldest city has taken
steps to overhaul its transportation system, modernize its downtown area and revamp its
waterfront, it’s the charm of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods that most attract visitors. Number 10. Vasco da Gama Bridge. Completed in 1998, the Vasco da Gama bridge
is a modern feat of engineering. Named after Portugal’s most famous explorer,
it was built to alleviate Lisbon’s traffic congestion. Stretching for nearly 11 miles across the
Tagus River, the cable-stayed bridge is so long that its builders had to take the Earth’s
curve into consideration when constructing it. Built at an expense of 1.1 billion dollars,
the six-lane bridge is expected to stand for more than a century, ensuring that visitors
can experience its breathtaking architecture for generations to come. Number 9. Cristo Rei Statue. Inspired by Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer
statue, the Cristo Rei statue rises up from a hill overlooking the Targus River. The massive monument was built to express
gratitude to God for allowing Portugal to escape the worst horrors of World War II. It was opened to the public in 1959. Standing with arms outstretched, the Christ
figure is set atop a tall arch with a rectangular observation deck at the base. An interior elevator takes visitors to a platform
beneath the figure’s feet for panoramic views of Lisbon. Number 8. Praca do Comercio. One of the star attractions of Lisbon’s
downtown waterfront, the Praca do Comercio is an expansive plaza flanked by elegant 18th-century
buildings. Portugal’s Dom Jose I made his home here
until the earthquake of 1755 reduced it to rubble. Locals still refer to the square as the yard
of the royal palace. A monument featuring the king on horseback
dominates the center of the plaza. A large triumphal arch completed in 1873 anchors
the northern side. Hotels, shops and restaurants located nearby
make the sunny square a popular destination for visitors exploring Lisbon’s scenic waterfront. Number 7. Monument to the Discoveries. The mammoth white-stone Monument to the Discoveries
stands like a ship with sails unfurled at shoreline of the Tagus River where many of
Portugal’s most important voyages of exploration began. It was built as a memorial to Dom Henrique,
who later became known as Prince Henry the Navigator. The prince who ushered in Portugal’s Age
of Discovery is featured at the prow of the stone sculpture with other national heroes
and explorers lined up behind him. Number 6. Rossio Square. There’s no better place in Lisbon to soak
up the local atmosphere than at Pedro IV Square, Lisbon’s most famous plaza. Located in an elegant district in central
Lisbon, the “Rossio,” has been the city’s main gathering place since the Middle Ages. During the Inquisition of the 16th century,
the square served as a setting for public executions. Today, it’s the place where friends meet
up to enjoy a beverage at a café or bar before attending the National Theater located on
the north side of the square. Number 5. Lisbon Oceanarium. One of the best modern tourist attractions
in Lisbon, the Oceanarium was built as part of the improvements the city made when it
hosted the 1998 World Exposition. Located in northeast Lisbon, the Oceanarium
is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. It’s organized into four unique habitats,
with each representing a different ocean. In addition to all manner of sea life ranging
from sharks to penguins, flora from each ecosystem are represented as well. Number 4. Jeronimos Monastery. With its Gothic and Moorish influences, the
striking architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery makes it a must-see attraction for anyone
visiting Lisbon. Located in the city’s riverside Belém district,
the monastery is a masterpiece of carved stone portals, latticework ceilings and windows
with tracery set upon delicate mullions. In the nave of the church is the tomb of Vasco
da Gama, whose voyages to India made Lisbon a wealthy maritime city. Number 3. Tram 28. Most of the decades-old trolley cars that
were once a primary mode of transportation in Lisbon are long gone, but visitors can
still enjoy a ride on an antique streetcar on tram line 28. The historic “eléctrico” takes passengers
through the city’s oldest sectors past some of Lisbon’s most popular sights. Tourists often take tram 28 to the hilltop
São Jorge Castle to take in the panoramic views, but the line is used by locals for
their daily commutes too. Number 2. Sao Jorge Castle. One of Lisbon’s oldest treasures, São Jorge
Castle is situated at the top of a hill in the Alfama District. The castle evokes the period when Lisbon was
under Moorish rule, but the site was fortified centuries earlier when the Romans were in
power as well. After driving out the Moors in 1147, the Portuguese
used the castle as a royal residence until the early 16th century. Climbing the ramparts is a must-do activity
in Lisbon, and it’s easy to understand why. The views from the parapets and battlements
are simply breathtaking. Number 1. Belem Tower. Belem Tower, also known as the Tower of St.
Vincent, sits on what once was an island in the Tagus River. Dating back to 1515, the imposing tower was
built both to defend Lisbon from invaders and to welcome the city’s friends. Built in the Age of Discovery, the four-story
limestone tower has a bastion connected to it; the bastion had space for 17 cannons that
could fire long range shots. A statue of Our Lady of Safe Homecoming, designed
to protect sailors on their voyages, faces the river.

34 thoughts on “10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon – Travel Video

  1. "Fun" fact: the Cristo Rei statue is located in a completely different county and district. It has nothing to do with Lisbon. So, this video is about 9 Top Tourist Attractions in Lisbon and 1 in Almada, Setúbal district.

  2. please dont go on trams its a public transport and a lot of people need it to go from home to work and vice versa, we have trams made for tourists please go on those.

  3. Seeing that Lisbon is not in Spain, and Portuguese is not a dialect of Castilian (the official language of Spain), a little correction on the pronunciation of the names "Jorge" and "Jose" (and every other word or name in Portuguese starting with the letter "J") is in order. Jorge is pronounced similarly to George (which is indeed the same name, with a different spelling), and Jose (Joseph) is pronounced "Joo-Zeh. I hope this can go some way into the debunking of the "myth" that Portugal is in "Spain" (the name some people still use in reference to the entirety of the Iberian Peninsula). Otherwise, good enough video. Greetings.

  4. the Cristo Rei is located in Lisbon my friend there is another one in Brasil Rio de Janeiro for you to be well informed i'ts always good to speak wen you know the troth thanks

  5. This is a great video! thanks for sharing! I live in Lisbon and do weekly videos as well about the city I've visited. Infact, my latest video is about the famous touristic place in Lisbon "Belem"…

  6. Not really under rated
    I have visited Portuguese specially. Lisbon
    I did work with lots of Portuguese people in Canada. Those Portuguese people are from South
    They can’t speak English.
    While I was growing up in srilanka I don’t anything about your country. Srilanka was a Portuguese colony. Then again Dutch colony. After that British colony. Since I left from srilanka my 3 country I visited Portugal ??. This was in eighties

  7. Столица солнечной Португалии, Лиссабон, расположена в месте, где устье реки Тежу встречается с Атлантическим океаном. Будучи туристическим направлением, город на набережной богат и разнообразен, как и многолетняя история страны. От руин мавританского замка, расположенного на вершине одного из семи холмов города, до кафе на тротуаре, примыкающего к древней стене вестготов, повсюду сохранились остатки красочного прошлого Лиссабона. В то время как старейший город Западной Европы предпринял шаги по капитальному ремонту своей транспортной системы, модернизации центра города и обновлению набережной, это очарование старейших районов Лиссабона, которые больше всего привлекают посетителей.

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