Lisboa Monuments

To get to Lisboa from Cascais or Estoril catch the train to the last stop Cais do Sodré. Buses, cabs, and the Metro to other parts of Lisboa start here.

  • VASCO DA GAMA AQUARIUM (Aquário Vasco da Gama):
    R. Direita, Dafundo, Algés, Tel: +351-21-4196337 Open: 10am-5.30pm. Bus: 23, 29, 50. Tram: 15. Train: Algés. Opened in 1898. Houses King Carlos I’s collection of items related to the sea. More than 200 species of Atlantic marine and freshwater fauna.
  • BELÉM TOWER:
    Open: 10am-6pm. Closed: Mon. Bus: 27, 28, 29, 43, 49. Tram: 15. Train: Belém. Built on the river edge shaped like a boat.
  • DISCOVERIES MONUMENT:
    Av Brasilia, Belém. Open: 9.30am-6pm Closed Mon. Bus: 27, 28, 43, 49. Tram: 15. Train: Belém. Built in 1960 as a tribute to the sea voyagers led by Prince Henry the Navigator.
  • JERONIMOS MONASTERY:
    Praça do Império, Belém. Tel: +351-21-3620034. Open: 10am-6pm Closed: Mon. Bus: 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51. Tram: 15. Train: Belém. A fine example of Manueline architecture. Construction began in 1502 by order of King Manuel to commemorate the discovery of the sea route to India. The south wing, once the sleeping quarters of the monks, is the National Museum of Archaeology.
  • PALÁCIO NACIONAL DA AJUDA:
    Largo da Ajuda Tel: +351-21-3637095. Open: 10am-4.30pm. Closed: Wed. Bus: 14, 32, 42, 60. Tram: 18. Train: Belém. Work on this palace began in 1802 and only completed many years later. A former residence of several royals. Rooms with paintings, furniture and sculptures.
  • CARMO CONVENT (Ruinas do Convento do Carmo):
    Rua do Camo. Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mon. Bus: 58, 103. Tram: 28. Metro: Baixa/Chiado. Archaelogical artifacts lying in the ruins of a former convent.
  • BASÍLICA DA ESTRELA / JARDIM DA ESTRELA:
    Rua da Estrela. Tel: +351-21- 3960915. Open: 8am-1pm and 3-8pm. Bus: 20, 22, 38. Tram: 25, 28. A Baroque Roman architecture 18th century church. Built by order of Queen Maria I, in 1776, to fulfill a promise on the birth of a son, Prince José. Completed in 1789. Opposite the Basilica is the Estrela Garden.
  • MUSEUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN (Museu e Jardim Botânico):
    Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58, Príncipe Real. Tel: +351-21-3921800. Open. 9am-6pm. Approximately 4 hectares with 15,000 species, including gymnosperms. One of the richest in Europe for palm trees.
  • PARQUE EDUARDO VII:
    Off the Marquês de Pombal. Bus: 1, 2, 12, 20, 22, 31, 38, 41, 46, 49. Metro: M Pombal, S. Sebastião Parque. The park was renamed in 1903 by the then mayor Rosa Araújo with the visit of King Edward VII to Lisbon. It is the venue for the annual Lisbon book fair.
  • ESTUFA FRIA / QUENTE GREENHOUSES:
    Parque Eduardo VII. Tel: +351-21- 3850408. Open: 9am-5.30pm. Bus: 1, 2, 12, 20, 22, 31, 38, 41, 46, 49. Metro: M Pombal, S. Sebastião Parque. Tropical, sub-tropical and regional plants and trees under greenhouses.
  • PRAÇA MARQUÊS DE POMBAL:
    Metro: Marquês de Pombal. One of Lisboa’s main avenues the Av. da Liberdade leads to this roundabout with the statue of the Marquês de Pombal which was unveiled in 1934.
  • SÃO ROQUE CHURCH:
    Largo Trindade Coelho. Tel: +351-21-3235381. Open: 10am-5pm.Bus: 58, 100. Metro: Baixa/Chiado. 16th and 17th Century sacred art.
  • SANTA JUSTA LIFT (Elevador de Santa Justa):
    This elevator takes you from the Rua do Ouro to the Bairro Alto area. It was innaugurated in 1901, designed by the French architect Louis Reynard and built by the engineer Roaul Mesnier de Ponsard.
  • SÉ CATEDRAL:
    Largo da Sé. Tel: +351-21-8866752. Open: 9am-5pm. Bus: 37. Tram: 12, 28. Built at the end of the 12th century of Roman-gothic style by order of King Afonso Henriques after reconquering Lisbon from the Moors. It underwent various changes being rebuilt after the earthquakes of 1344 and 1755.
  • NATIONAL PANTHEON (Panteão Nacional):
    Campo de Santa Clara, Alfama. Tel: +351-21-8881529. Open: 10am-5pm Closed: Mon. Bus: 12. Tram: 28. Baroque 17th century church with the tombs of Portugal’s presidents, the Dukes of Bragança, writers and other illustrious nationals.
  • CASA DOS BICOS:
    Rua dos Bacalhoeiros. A 16th century building. The outside façade is built with unusual stones of diamond shape.
  • CASA-MUSEU FERNANDO PESSOA:
    Rua Coelho da Rocha, 16/18 Tel: +351-21- 3968190. Open: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri: 10am-6pm; Thurs: 1pm-8pm. Closed Sat/holidays. Belongings and works of the famous poet and writer.
  • FUNDAÇÃO ARPAD SZENES/VIEIRA DA SILVA:
    Praça das Amoreiras, 56 Tel: +351-21-3880044. Open: Mon-Sat: noon-8pm. Sun: 10am-6pm. Closed Tues/hols. Bus: 6, 9, 22. Metro: Rato. Works by Arpad Szenes and Vieira da Silva.
  • ST JORGE’S CASTLE (Castelo de S. Jorge):
    Tel: +351-21-8877244. Open: 9am-9pm. Bus: 37. Tram: 12, 28. Built on one of Lisboa’s seven hills to defend the city from enemies. It was occupied by Romans, Visigoths and Moors. Spectacular views of the city and River Tagus.
  • MARQUES DE FRONTEIRA PALACE:
    Largo S. Domingos de Benfica, 1. Tel: +351-21-7782023. Visits at: 10.30am, 11am and noon. Closed Sun/holidays. Beautiful tile works can be seen here.
  • LISBOA ZOO:
    Estrada de Benfica, 158-160. Tel: +351-21-7232900. Open: 10am-8pm. Metro: Jardim Zoologico. Also an aquarium and performing dolphins.
  • SÃO VICENTE DE FORA MONASTERY (Mosteiro São Vicente de Fora):
    Largo de S. Vicente. Tel: +351-21-8824400. Open: 10am-6pm. Closed Monday.