Colorful, charismatic and irresistible Lisbon provides a unique sensation of modern and at the same time old. In Alfam, you will experience Lisbon as it once was. The architecture of this oldest part of the city tells incredible stories, and the oldest bookstore in the world, created in 1732, testifies to its beauty. Known for its yellow tram, fado music, good nightlife, great shopping, amazing restaurants with seafood specialties, good wine, olives and very tasty treats such as traditional "pastel nata". What is characteristic of Lisbon are the famous Portuguese tiles that adorn most of the walking zones and squares. White is the color of warriors, while black was the favorite color of the patron saint of Lisbon, São Vicente.
On the river Tagus there is a monument dedicated to Portuguese discoveries and the time when Portugal became famous for numerous discoveries and researches, which took place in the 15th and 16th centuries. From this place where the monument is located today, more than 300 years ago, Portuguese ships went to trade and explore the world. The monument was built as a temporary building for the needs of the exhibition in 1940, and it was demolished in 1943. Only after about 15 years, between 1958 and 1960, the same monument was built, but this time it was never demolished again.
Lisbon Cathedral was built by the first Portuguese king at the place of an old mosque in 1147 for the first city bishop Gilbert of Hastings. The cathedral is also called Sé (Sé de Lisboa, Santa Maria Maior, Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Mary). This Roman Catholic cathedral is the oldest church of the Lisbon Patriarchate. The cathedral has changed over time in terms of its architecture, because renovations were made due to the earthquake, so you can see various architectural directions on it, but the late Romanesque style stands out. In 1910, the cathedral was proclaimed as national monument.
One of the most famous touristic attractions of Lisbon is located near the river Tagus – Jeronimos Monastery. Construction began on January 6, 1501, and was completed in the 17th century. The monastery was designed by the Portuguese architect Diogo de Boitaca, and was built on the site of the chapel where Vasco da Gama and his crew prayed before the trip to India. The monastery is a symbol of remembrance of the journey of Vasco da Gama.
Impressive Vasco da Gama Bridge adorns the river Tagus at its widest part. It is designed to connect the northern suburbs with the southern bank of the river near Montijo. It was built to reduce traffic congestion on the April 25 bridge in Lisbon. It is not known whether the bridge leaves a greater impression during the day or during the night, and its appearance is powerful and stunning. You can often hear people say that Lisbon is European San Francisco, precisely because of the bridge that resembles the Golden Gate.
Santa Justa lift or Carmo lift is located in the historic part of Lisbon, at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. Its purpose is to transport visitors, like any other lift, but over time it has gained in importance and has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon which is found in historical written guides for Lisbon. If you are planning to visit Baixa district, this is the most ideal route, with the help of the Santa Justa lift.