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Top 5 in ……. Lisbon

St Jeromes MonasteryLisbon, captial of Portugal and a beautiful city for either a short break or a holiday. Rich in culture and architecture there are many things to see and do. We have put together our top 5 things to see when you visit Lisbon.

Jeronimos Monastery is a stunning piece of architecture. The Church of Santa Maria has a magnificent ornate entrance to the south with a depiction of St. Jerome removing a thorn from a lion’s paw to the left, and St. Jerome in the desert on the right. The remains of Vasco da Gama are buried here.

The Castle of St. George is a dominant feature of the city. Dating back to the 6th century it was dedicated to the patron saint of England by King John I in the 14th century. It is situated on a hill and therefore has splendid views of the city and surrounding area. As well as the castle there are tranquil gardens in which to relax and even see a few peacocks.

Belem Tower was commissioned by King John II and built in the early 16th century as part of the defence of the Tagus River. It is dedicated toLisbon’s patron saint St Vincent and commemorates Vasco da Gama’s expedition to India. Built from a light coloured rare limestone in a gothic Manueline style with Moorish influences evident in the arched windows and balconies.

Lisbon AquariumLisbon Aquarium is in the modern Parque da Nacoes is a refreshing contrast to the older architecture of the city. With over 16,000 plants and animals it is a truly amazing place. There is one main tank which is 1,000 square metres in size. There are a further four tanks around it each representing a different climate: Antarctic, Temperate Pacific, Tropical Indian and North Atlantic. It is one of the few aquariums to have sunfish which need specialist care.

Cristo-Rei – Christ the King – was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Building started in 1950 and it took nine years to complete. On the banks of the river Tagus it stands roughly 690 ft (212 m) high. Just below the statue is an observation deck where you can experience stunning views of the city and 25 de Abril Bridge.

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