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Lisbon, Portugal

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An August 1999 trip to Lisbon by Barb B

Lisbon Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: A stately city with classic squares, ancient castles, cathedrals and a central shopping district. A city so close to my native San Francisco, the Magnificant harbor and the wonderful Portuguese port wine are flavors worth savoring. Like a fine wine, enjoy all of the flavors of Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Being a Native San Franciscan, I was especially pleased to see the "25th of April" bridge in Lisbon. Spaning the Tagus and the magnificant harbor of Lisbon, the "Ponte Suspensa" is the longest suspension bridge in Europe--and It looks EXACTLY like the Golden Gate Bridge in my native San Francisco! Lisbon, is a city, much like San Francisco--draped across seven hills. Lisbon, also suffers the devistation of earthquakes. In fact, in 1755 the city was struck by such a violent earthquake that in less than ten minutes, the city was in ruins. It was a unique pleasure for me to visit this wonderful city and savor the full range of its many flavors, so similar to my native San Francisco. Quick Tips:...Read More

Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon

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Hotel | "Four Seasons Hotel - The Ritz Lisbon"

Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Yes, this hotel is a definite extravagance--SO What!-We loved it! Everything about the hotel said 'you are special' and everyone needs to hear that message from time to time! From the heated towel racks in the bathroom to blissful, well-lighted make-up mirrors and the delicate china cups for your in-room coffee, you will feel very special at the Four Seasons - Ritz in Lisbon. Rooms are extremely comfortable with huge closets, cozy bed linens and comforters, and CLEAN carpeted floors! (So often in Europe, I find clean rooms with 'nasty' carpets!!) TV, Room Service and Telephone services at their best, of course! The view from your room's private balcony, as you look out...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2000

Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon
RU RODRIGO DA FONSECA 88
Lisbon, Portugal 1099-039
351-21-381-1400

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem

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Attraction | "Torre de Belem"

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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On the Tagus, the Belem Tower was built from 1512 -1521. It protects the harbor and the entrance to the Tagus from aggression. Orinally the tower was used as a prison, and below the waterline it was a bastion for explosives and powder storage. The tower itself contains the 'Kings Chamber', which occupies the width of the main facade. The current furnishings are not the originals. With turrets and open balconies, the chalk colored tower provides a picturesque sight against the blue waters and magnificant views can be had from the tower platform. From the base of the tower you can see the 25th of April Bridge, and the monument of Christ the King in the distance. The "Ponte 25 de Abr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2000

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem
Avenida Da Brasilia
Lisbon, Portugal

Monument to the Discoveries

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Monument to the Discoveries Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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This modern monument was built on the banks of the Tagus in 1960 to commemmorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It serves as a tribute to the great Protuguese marine explorers who set out from Lisbon in the 15th century on their voyages of discovery. Shaped like the prow of a ship, it is lined with people symbolizing the discoverers, led by Henry the Navigator holding a minature ship in his hands. Inside the monument there are photographs of the 15th century seamen adventurers and their historic journeys. There are also video displays revealing Lisbon's eternal link to the lure and wonder of the sea. You can take the elevator to the observation platform on top of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Monument to the Discoveries
River Tagus
Lisbon, Portugal

Church of Santa Maria

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Church of Santa Maria Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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The Hieronymite Monastery - Mostiero do Jeronimos de Belem is on the north side of the Praca do Imperio. It is a huge complex, surrounded by illuminated fountains and formal gardens. It is a most impressive symbol of Lisbon's power and wealth and encompases a number of fine old buildings and museums. Because we had only a few hours to spend here, we chose to walk around the gardens and were only able to visit one other site. Therefore, we chose to visit the Church of Santa Maria, what we felt to be the most significant building.The church is located at the south-east corner of the complex. A magnificant south doorway leads into the three-aisled church. The church was built in 1517 and th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2000

Church of Santa Maria
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos de Belem
Lisbon, Portugal

The Alfama

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The Alfama Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Centuries of history unfold as you visit the Alfama, the old Moorish section of Lisbon. As you navigate the labyrinth of narrow twisted streets, with wall to wall houses, it is amazing that this picturesque old quarter survived the great earthquake of 1755.This section of the city housed Lisbon's nobility during the Middle Ages. Later, it became home to the craftsfolks, fishermen and seafarers, and for a time, was even the 'red light district' of the city. Today, it houses those at the bottom of the income ladder, yet a quaint charm prevails.Despite the obvious poverty, one feels that this area is truly alive! Canaries singing in windows high above the street, red geraniums trailing from...Read More

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The Alfama
South East Section of Town
Lisbon, Portugal