Categories Uncategorized Lisbon Post author By laurenrock Post date February 11, 2020 No Comments on Lisbon Azelujos tiles, architecture, history and great food, this city has it all! Azelujos tiles, architecture, history and great food, this city has it all!Rossio Square looking up to the St. Justa lift and remains of the Carmo Convent – just one of the many Lisbon buildings affected by the 1755 earthquake that flattened this area of Lisbon, leading to the building of the square.Alfama is also home to a myriad of long time residents selling handicrafts and Ginja – a sweet cherry liquor best drunk from a chocolate cup. The Portuguese are incredibly fond of this drink, the “grand-parent” wonder cure for all manner of illnesses, and this love of the drink has been passed onto younger generations. At only 1 Euoro a shot you can easily try each local’s version of this iconic drinkOne of the Baroque style chapels in the Igreja de São Roque. Historically, Alfama was situated outside of the city walls and was associated with poverty and squalor. Today, Alfama has shrugged off this grim reputation, and it’s beautiful street art and graffiti is one of the reasons. Now Alfama is a fashionable and artisan district, but still retains its unique character and rich heritage. View from the St. Justa lift towards the Castle of Sao Jorge. Evidence of human occupation of castle grounds dates back to the 8th Century BCE. The Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch). Built in the 16th century, it was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. It was one of the few buildings in Lisbon to survive the 1755 earthquake relatively unscathed.Another of the beautiful tile works that can be found across Lisbon. This one is “just” a public fountain.The Igreja de São Domingos church. Classified as a National Monument. The church, dedicated in 1241, was at one time the largest in Lisbon. Destroyed multiple times by earthquake and fire, the interior was purposely rebuilt to show remenents of those tragedies as a message to the congregation who viewed the events as divine retribution for their treatment of Jews in the 1506 Lisbon MassacreNotice the missing steeple? Evidence of the power and damage the 1755 earthquake caused. View of Rossio square from the St. Justa liftThe Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument situated on the banks Tejo Estuary, near Belem Tower. The monument celebrates the 15th and 16th-century Portuguese explorers and visionaries , who established Portugal as the most powerful seafaring nation of the era. Note the bridge – yes it is modeled after the San Francisco’s Golden Gate BridgeThe Belém Tower officially the Tower of Saint Vincent. This 16th-century fortification served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.The St. Justa lift (elevator) rises above the cobbled streets and tiled buildings, affording a great view over the cityThe steep streets of Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest areasSanta Maria de Belem Church. One of many beautiful churches that dots LisbonThe labyrinth of streets that make up the Alfama district By laurenrock I research, plan and book your trip so you can just relax and enjoy your time away! Because life is about the experiences you have and the memories you create. View Archive → Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.