Discovering the Beauty of Lisbon

In 1755, Lisbon was severely damaged by a massive earthquake, only to be followed by more devastation of tidal wave and fire. Sadly, the beautiful structures of the city were completely wiped out. The good news is that the people of Portugal refused to let Lisbon die and with a lot of work and effort, the city has once again been returned to its original glory. In fact, Lisbon was the host city for Expo 98, being put in the spotlight where it now remains.


One of the best aspects of Lisbon is the affordability. Unlike other European cities, this inexpensive destination has so much to offer. Lisbon is situated behind the River Tagus, better known as the Rio Tejo on seven gorgeous hills. Tourists love taking hiking tours of these hills and for those impossible to climb, a special tram system has been constructed. However, the amazing streets throughout Lisbon are one of the primary attractions where tourists can enjoy art nouveau and Moorish architecture. Even many of the streets are beautifully designed with colorful mosaic tile.

Another feature of Lisbon that draws visitors from around the world is the Castelo de Sao Jorge. This castle sits high above the city, having been built during the 5th century. Although modern additions are now a part of the castle, it is still one of the most impressive castles in all of Europe. Over the years, Castelo de Sao Jorge has served many purposes from being home to royalty to housing prisoners. Of course, from the position of the castle, people are given the most incredible view of Lisbon and the surrounding areas.

Lisbon is also well known for its many museums such as the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, which stands for the Museum of Ancient Art. To see hand painted tiles that are used on many of the buildings in Lisbon, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo is worth the visit. Finally, the Centro de Arte Moderna, or Modern Art Centre is also an amazing experience.

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