Idea #112 – Spending a Weekend in Lisboa
Westernmost capital of Europe, Lisbon consists of a jumble of Bairros (neighborhoods) installed on seven hills, along the Tage , that only trams can travel under the narrow streets… Two gigantic bridges are used to connect the two banks (Bridge April 25 and Vasco da Gama’s Bridge). The Alfama, area of origins, is dominated by the Castle Sao Jorge, home of the first habitat (seventh century BC). Subsequently, the city was conquered by the Romans during the Punic Wars (presence of the remains of a theater), then by Visigoths, that fortify the city and Moors in 719, before being taken in 1147 by Alfonso the First during the Reconquista. Become the point of departure of maritime shipping, the city was strongly enriched, from the late fifteenth century with the expedition of Vasco da Gama. Wealth reflected in the development of Manueline style like Belém Tower, and dos Jeronimos Monastery. Shaken by a earthquake in the late eighteenth century, the city was partially rebuilt in Baroque Style. During your visit, “a break is needed” to taste pasteis de nata !
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