Lisbon is the second oldest capital in Europe, and explorers, Magellan and Vasco da Gama, once called it home. If you want to bring out your inner explorer, this European destination with its World Heritage monuments and museums is for you.
Museu da Eletricidade – Housed in the former thermoelectrical plant that once supplied power to Lisbon, this museum gives visitors a look at the past, present, and future production of electricity. You will learn about solar power along with wind and wave produced energy, see Portugal’s first electric car, and try interactive exhibits including one that shows how energy works.
Torre de Belem – Completed in 1521, this fortress stands in the Tagus river and was built to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s Harbor. Later, it housed political prisoners. The fortress is one of the most symbolic sites in Portugal, and visitors can see cannons, the dungeon, and the jail.
Castelo de Sao Jorge (Saint George Castle) – Perched atop the city’s highest hill is Castelo de Sao Jorge, a medieval castle, that for centuries was home to Portugal’s monarchs. Visitors will see cannons, an archeological site, and old artifacts displayed in the museum.
Fragata Dom Fernando II e Gloria – This warship once defended the Portuguese trade routes along the coasts of Africa and India. Today, it is a museum with multiple decks to explore. You’ll walk along the original gangplanks to get from deck to deck, learn about how the ship was rescued and restored, and discover what life was like on an 1800s warship.
National Pantheon of Santa Engracia – There has been a church on this site since the 16th century. After previous churches collapsed, royal architect, Joao Antunes, began to design the current structure. He died in 1712, midway through the project, and it was left unfinished until the 20th century. The Pantheon is the final resting place of several Portuguese presidents and other famous citizens.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos – Considered one of Lisbon’s greatest historical buildings, this monastery dates back to the early 1500s. It was built to honor Vasco da Gama, who was the first to navigate a sea route to India in 1498. His tomb is near the entrance along with the tomb of Portugal’s greatest poet, Luis de Camoes.
This is just a small sample of sites you can enjoy in Lisbon. Visit the wonderful city to discover all it has to offer.