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  • Praça do Comércio

    No visit to Lisbon would be complete without a stop-off at the majestic Praça do Comércio, one of Europe's largest squares, surrounded on three sides by classical 18th century buildings and opening up on the south side to the Tagus River estuary. This plaza was once known as the "gateway to Lisbon", in recognition of the time when merchant ships arriving at the port would offload their cargo here.  This was also where passenger ships disembarked. 

  • Dona Maria II National Theatre

    This majestic Neoclassical building at the northern end of Lisbon's Rossio Square is dedicated to Queen Mary (Maria) II of Portugal. Designed by Italian architect Fortunato Lodi, it opened in 1846 and features a large portico with six beautiful Ionic columns which had been reclaimed from the ruins of the Convent of St Francis after it was damaged in the 1755 earthquake. The portico is topped by a triangular pediment with an engraving of the god Apollo, who was, amongst other things the god of art, music and poetry, surrounded by the Muses.

  • Lisbon Ferry

    Lisbon's commuter ferries, operating on the River Tejo help city workers who live on the southern side of the river avoid the rush hour congestion at the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The ferry journey doesn’t last for very long (10-15 minutes) but tourists on a budget will find the ferries to be a cheaper alternative to the river cruises on offer, and will be rewarded with the same great views of the city skyline from the water.

  • Praça dos Restauradores

    Praça dos Restauradores is a square in the central Baixa region of Lisbon. Around the square are a number of the city's most iconic buildings, including the Italianate pink façade of the Palácio Foz and the Teatro Eden and Condes Cinema buildings, both fine examples of Art Deco architectural style. At the centre of the plaza towers a 30-metre-high white obelisk, built to commemorate Portugal’s fight to regain independence in the 17th century after 60 years of Habsburg rule.

  • The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

    On All Saints Day (1st November) 1755, at 9.40 in the morning, a huge earthquake, which modern scientists believe to have measured between 8.5 and 9 on the Richter Scale, struck in the Atlantic Ocean, about 120 miles off Cape St Vincent on the Portuguese coast. Over a ten minute period, three shocks are said to have occurred, ripping giant fissures up to 15 feet (5 metre) wide through the heart of the city of Lisbon.

  • Praça do Rossio

    If you’re looking for the heart of Lisbon, this centrally located square with its traditional Portuguese mosaic cobbles has been one of the city’s main plazas for centuries. Located in the downtown Baixa district it is officially known as Praça Dom Pedro IV, the locals prefer to use its old name, 'Rossio'.

  • Pasteis de Belem

    The best treat in town served in a beautiful cacophony of blue and white decor, is how you might describe this place. Located in the (well worth a visit) riverside suburb of Belém , the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém is the mecca of the Portuguese custard tart lover.