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Happy World Heritage Day

Updated: Apr 25

The International Day for Monuments and Sites also known as World Heritage Day, is approved by UNESCO and it’s celebrated every year on April 18th. It aims to educate about world heritage diversity, the necessary efforts to protect it and conserve it, calling everyone's attention to its vulnerability.

Today we celebrate our heritage and make an ode to the beautiful and magnificent places you can find in Lisbon. You can visit and admire every single one of them in one of Lisbon is on Tour tours.

Jerónimos Monastery in Belém
Jerónimos Monastery in Belém

Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos): This magnificent monastery in Belém is a great example of Manueline architecture, characterized by complex stone carvings. It was built in the 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Belém Tower in Belém
Belém Tower in Belém

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém): Another iconic landmark in Belém, this fortress-like tower was constructed in the 16th century to guard the entrance to the port of Lisbon. It is a symbol of Portugal's Age of Discovery and is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lisbon's Historic Center: The entire historic center of Lisbon, with its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and historic squares, is recognized by UNESCO for its cultural significance. Alfama, in particular, is known for its Moorish influence and medieval charm.

View of Alfama and Graça
View of Alfama and Graça

Ajuda National Palace (Palácio Nacional da Ajuda): This neoclassical palace in Lisbon was originally built in the 18th century and it served as the official residence of the Portuguese royal family until the abolition of the monarchy in 1910. Today, it is open to the public as a museum and is known for its opulent interiors and impressive art collection.

National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional): Originally built as a church in the 17th century, the National Pantheon was later converted into a pantheon to honor notable Portuguese figures. It features an impressive dome and is located in Alfama. Currently you can visit the installation “VANITAS” by the artist Aryz (Octavi Arrizabalga), from California, where he represents several historical Portuguese figures’ tombs. The exhibition will be available until the 23rd June.

Lisbon Cathedral
Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa): One of the oldest churches in the city, the Lisbon Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and combines various architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque. It’s located in Alfama and offers panoramic views of the city from its rooftop.

Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa): This iconic wrought-iron elevator connects Baixa to the Carmo Square and offers stunning views of Lisbon from its viewing platform. It was built in the early 20th century and is considered both an architectural marvel and a tourist attraction.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum: Founded by the Armenian oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, this museum has an extensive collection of art across various periods and cultures, including Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art and it’s located in Avenidas Novas. You can also find here a great library an amazing garden and an open air theatre that usually holds music concerts and other events.

Ajuda Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico da Ajuda): Established in the 18th century, this botanical garden is one of the oldest in Portugal. It features a diverse collection of plants from around the world, as well as ornate fountains, sculptures, and greenhouses. It is located near the Ajuda National Palace.

Estrela Basilica
Estrela Basilica

Estrela Basilica (Basílica da Estrela): This imposing church was built in the late 18th century. It features a striking dome and lavish interiors, including complex marble altars and beautiful tilework. It is located in the Estrela district right next to the beautiful Jardim da Estrela, where you can find locals walking their dogs, playing with their kids, enjoying a drink after work and exercising.

Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira (Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira): This 17th-century palace is renowned for its exquisite azulejos (hand-painted ceramic tiles) depicting scenes from Portuguese history and mythology. It is still inhabited by the descendants of the original owners and is located in Benfica.

These are just a few examples of the rich heritage that Lisbon has to offer, showcasing the city's importance throughout history and its cultural diversity. The best way to see these special places is through a tuk tuk tour around the city of Lisbon, with our amazing guides and local storytellers that know even more about the history behind each place.

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Oh nice ! I didn't know a lot of places

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