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Out And About In Lisbon
Lisbon is your destination for historic locations, Moorish architecture, mesmeric sites, vibrant nightlife & casinos, and extensive range of opulent historic exhibits from Brazil and India. The capital of Portugal is one of the most glorious cities in Europe. Located on the Atlantic Ocean coast at mouth of Tagus River, Lisbon is full of steep slopes and rises.

Lisbon is the city full of tourist attraction that makes it a wonderful destination attracting volumes of tourists every year. Some of the major attractions of Lisbon are listed below.

The Jeronimos Monastery, situated on Belem, is an inspiring and the most glorious building in Portugal. King Dom Manuel I built it in memory of Vasco da Gama's triumphant journey to India. This remarkable and vast monument took up 70 years to complete.

Right at the Alfama's main entrance, the city has the Museum of Fado. It explicates the development and the pleasure behind the country's well-known musical expression with audiovisual presentations, waxworks, multilingual information panels, and musical records. It exhibits the artistic and societal impact of Fado.

The park Eduardo VII marks the northernmost and main point of Pombal's Lisbon. It is a beauteous park with fantabulous views over Lisbon and the River. Here you can also see the discussed repository of the 25th April, the Estufa Fria, and the oldest sport pavillion of town.

This graceful street, Avenida da Liberdade is one of the major Avenues in Lisbon. The large tree-lined street runs between Restauradores and Parque Eduardo VII, where a sculpture of 'Marques do Pombal' is situated. There are numerous trendy shops, eating places, cafes, and theaters lining the avenue to keep you amused.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is one of the most powerful bridges in the world. It is a cable-stayed bridge bordered by viaducts and roads that spans the Tagus River. With a total length of 17.2 km, it is the longest bridge in Europe. The bridge can be viewed from different parts of the city.

The gigantic monument of Cristo-Rei is sited on the southern bank of the Tagus River, in Almada. It resembles the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This 82 meters tombstone, overlooking the Tagus, offers outstanding eye shots of the city and the river from the top of its pedestal.

Alongside the Cais do Sodré train station, the Ribeira market is a regular produce and meat market. On weekends you can enjoy other attractions, including concerts. When you are in Lisbon, don't forget to taste a typical sweet drink called 'Ginja' or 'Ginjinga.' It is alcoholic but very sugary & drunken in a very small amount glass.

There are several shopping centers in Lisbon; Amoreiras is one of the most pleasing shopping points. It has 1 supermarket, 250 stores, 50 restaurants, 10 theaters, a health club, post office, bingo, church and 1000 parking spots. Here you can buy almost everything you want.

Cinemateca is a stunning refurbished old theater, which plays lots of independent and foreign films. Apart from the incredible theaters with luxurious, leather seating, Cinemateca also has a library and photo store, a film museum, bookstall, snack bar and restaurant, and temporary exhibits.

The neo-Gothic Elevador de Santa Justa is perhaps Lisbon's most popular elevator (lift). Raul Mesnier de Ponsard built this 45 m tall structure between 1900 and 1902. The lift links the Baixa with the Bairro Alto district. It also offers fabulous views of the Baixa.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Lisbon hotels.
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