You have probably got an idea of an itinerary for when you’re visiting Lisbon, but there are some places that you really shouldn’t miss out on your list! Mostly because they are so unique to Lisbon so the type of thing you don’t see in every city! Read on to find out the top landmarks in Lisbon!
Convento da Ordem do Carmo
This first landmark that is quite remarkable and stands out in Lisbon is the ruins of the Convento da Ordem do Carmo, visible from different view points in the city, notably from one of the main squares – Rossio Square! This convent was half destroyed by the earthquake on the 1st November 1755, All Saints day. All that is left of the church is the walls and arches, but this makes for a very interesting appearance!
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São Roque Church
This whitewashed church just looks like a normal church on the exterior. A tourist could walk by and not notice its rather plain looking facades and uninteresting appearance. However, you definitely need to add this one to your list to see the incredible unexpected décor that is hidden inside! The Sao Roque church boasts the richest interior full of gold and Baroque Art!
Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo
If you were ever trying to find the singular most photographed street, it would probably have to be the Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo! It is in the historical area of Bica, known for its small bars and iconic yellow funicular that runs down through it! This street suffered very little damage during the earthquake of 1755 so its traditional appearance with its colourful buildings has been preserved! The cherry on the top is that it also offers a splendid view all the way down to the river!
São Jorge Castle
Lisbon’s Moorish castle stands imposingly above the city centre and can be seen from all over the city! It stands out quite radically in contrast to the style of Lisbon’s buildings. This castle has an interesting history and used to be the main seat of power in Portugal around 400 years ago. Despite the steep walk up to the castle, the views from there are worth the effort!
Lisbon’s Romanesque cathedral called the Santa Maria Maior and often refered to as Sé de Lisboa.
It was built in the 12th century and has survived numerous natural disasters since then. Despite it having been restored multiple times, it maintains its original style. It even has a treasury of the second floor with several rooms displaying jewels and relics throughout history.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
From this viewpoint, which they call “Miradouro” in Lisbon, you get an impressive panoramic over the beautiful traditional terracotta rooftops of Alfama all the way down to the river. The miradouro itself is very picturesque with its traditional azulejos walls. Here, the picture speaks more than words.
Church of São Domingos
This church has quite a dark history and is often referred to as the cursed church. It is like no other church you have ever seen. Once again it has quite a modest appearance on the exterior, however if you enter, you will see clear traces of the disasters which it has survived – from the earthquake of 1755 to floods and fires! It has been restored multiple times, but the skeptical locals think that it is cursed since they have noticed a pattern: every time it is restored, it brings more disasters. As they didn’t want more bad things to happen, the church was never restored following its most recent fire so you can still see the impressive scorched pillars.
There is a local belief that the church is cursed because of the horrors that have taken place there; the verdicts in the Portuguese inquisition were read out here in the 15th century and it was also the place of execution of a Jesuit missionary in 1761, charged with treason.
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
This point is actually the highest viewpoint in Lisbon! From here you get a whole panoramic view of the city, so you can see several monuments and landmarks from here, including the castle! Also, there is a rather interesting small chapel from the 1700s, which is almost always closed. There was an old legend that said that any pregnant woman to sit on the stone chair inside of the chapel would have a healthy and problem-free pregnancy and that the child to be born will be completely healthy as well.
This is a beautiful spot to relax in the shade of the olive trees or to watch the sunset over the city!
Mouraria and the roots of Fado
Mouraria is one of the oldest and most traditional districts of Lisbon. It has always been and still is the most multicultural part of Lisbon with people form 56 different countries! It is also the birth place of Portugal’s national music; Fado. The first ever fadista, Severa, was born and lived in mouraria, you can even find her house there! Head over to the tiny medieval streets of Mouraria and explore the roots of fado!
Join guided tours to see all the hidden gems of the city and to see as many of these landmarks as you can!
Book online now for our free walking tours where you can see all of the landmarks in the main city of Lisbon:
- On the Alfama tour you will see:
- The Castle
- The Cathedral
- The Cursed church
- On the Bairro Alto tour you will see:
- Convento Ordem do Carmo
- Sao roque
- On the Mouraria tour you will see:
- Bithplace of fado and First fadista’s home.
- Highest viewpoint – Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
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