Did you know that Lisbon has a history over 2,000 years old? If you are heading to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, you will find many more things that you had not known earlier. The city will demonstrate numerous things as it has been occupied by several invaders, such as the Spanish, Moors and Romans. You will have glimpses of their influences on many popular sites and architecture in the city. Moreover, it is also famous for being home to Vasco de Gama, the famous explorer.
National Coach Museum: National Coach Museum is basically home to vehicles that the royal family used during the travel. The museum was founded by Queen Amelia on the site of Royal Riding Arena. The museum mainly houses cavalry accessories, footmen uniforms and vehicles. You will have an idea about the vehicles that the royalty travelled before the intervention of today’s automobiles. The museum was opened in 1905 and is a must visit for them who have passion for history. It opens Tuesday through Sunday.
Torre de Belem: Belem Tower or the Torre de Belem is located at the entrance point of the harbour. The tower rose to prominence when Vasco de Gama departed from this spot for his world expedition. The construction of the tower was finished in 1520. Capture the moment in your high megapixel camera and if possible, climb to its top in order to get even better views of the city. Its exteriors are wonderfully woven with stone carvings.
St. George’s Castle: You can call it either St. George’s Castle or Castelo de Sao Jorge. The castle is nestled on a hill point overlooking the city and its surrounding areas. Look at the walls; they look very strong even today. These walls were built during the period when the area was dominated by Moorish in the 12th century. Over the years, the castle was transformed into a royal palace. You can pay a visit to this castle any day of the week.
Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos: To honour and commemorate the great journey of the explorer Vasco de Gama to India, The Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos was constructed. It is the monastery, which houses the tomb of Vasco de Gama. Not only that, you are going to find other tombs of numerous Portuguese luminaries. Well, there is a little twist. The monastery was named after St. Jerome whose life story has been depicted on the stone carvings. The monastery displays influences of Gothic, Renaissance and Gothic that are seen on its stone carvings. If you are visiting the monastery anytime between Tuesdays through Sundays, then you are most welcome.
Portugal Villas – Top Places to Stay:
Have you ever thought of staying in a home-like place away from home? If no, you will surely realise this dream on this tour to Portugal. You will find the most sophisticated Villas in Lisbon close to all the above historical places. The villas are characterised with the best features and amenities that ensure a perfect stay.