My Europe Trip #5 (Lisbon)

10 07 2011

The city of Lisbon is a heady mix of old buildings covered with painted tiles, grand squares and a labyrinth of narrow alleys. Spreading over seven hills, the city certainly has its own charm, offering a diverse range of attractions from religious sites with rich historical values to construction marvels of modern Lisbon.

1. An old man was seen looking at a postcard picture of Lisbon along the shopping street at Baixa .

2. A monument of King John I situated at the Praça da Figueira Square.

3. A view of Castle of Saint George which sits at the highest hill in Lisbon. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic site of Lisbon.

4. A wide angle shot of Gare do Oriente. Also known as Oriental Station, it is one of Lisbon’s major railway station and transport terminal.

5. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the station was completed in 1998 for the World Expo.

6. Two passengers were seen waiting for the next train. Gare do Oriente has an annual turnover of 75 million passengers and is considered the world’s busiest station.

7. Located at Praça do Comércio square, the Rua Augusta Arch is situated near to the Tagus River. After the great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, the square was completely remodeled to indicate its new role in the economy of Lisbon while the arch was built to commemorate the city reconstruction.

8. A closer view of the upper section of the arch.

9. A street performer wearing a hand drawn mask performing at the Bairro Alto shoping district.

10. A bus station at the upper level of Gare do Oriente which serves both local and intercity destinations.

11. Some random shots taken around the city of Lisbon.

12. A very animated street performer dressed in black was giving out balloons during an opening ceremony for a bathroom product outlet.

13. Another street performer in white was attached to a huge balloon on his body for the same event. At one point, he was nearly thrown off balance due to the strong wind.

14. A reflection of the building at Praça do Comércio from the huge glass panel at Museum of Design.

15. Jerónimos Monastery is a very prominent monastery located near to the shores of Belem. The architectural theme revolves around maritime elements intricately carved on limestone.

16. A fountain at Praça do Império, featuring a pair of horses from the symbol of the zodiac.

17. Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) was built to celebrate the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is located next to the Targus river where many ships once departed.

18. On both sides of the monument, huge figures were carved to represent monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries from the Age of Discovery. A man was seen posing on the side ramp at the lower left corner of the picture.

19. A closer look at some of the figures.

20. A picture of the Hard Rock Cafe building located near to Praca dos Restauradores.

21. Casa Das Bifanas offers a good range of local food. As with most restaurants in Lisbon, breads are usually served with several choices of butter. Casa Das Bifanas also includes a mini sardine spread for the bread.

22. Not surprisngly, local seafood is widely available such as the popular Portuguese grilled fish.

23. These snails are available only on certain seasons (June till August) and are reputedly very healthy food due to its low calorie count.

24. Pedestrians crossing the road towards the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre.

25. Another view of the shopping centre from the exit of Oriental Station.

26. Vasco De Gama is Lisbon’s finest mall with over 100 shops within the complex. Featuring a large transparent roof and modern architectural design, many shoppers enjoy the scenic view of the sea on the upper level. Photography was strictly prohibited and these shots were taken before the securities reminded me to put my camera away.

27. Built in the 16th century, the Belem Tower is now listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located along the Tagus River, the site was once a defense fortress which has now become a major tourist attraction.



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