Lisbon City Tour – by van
Hello you all!
First of all, this is a different kind of tour, generally because it’s friendly tour.We will treat you like our family, and we will do all the possible and impossible to make your holidays the days of your life! We love our job and our city, and we think that’s the most important when introducing a city.
You will not have any problem going to a meeting centre, because we will pick you up in your Hotel/Lodge/Airport.
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Parque Eduardo VII
Situated at the top of Avenida da Liberdade, the Marquis of Pombal Square, this is the largest park in Lisbon.
Start Parque da Liberdade, it was renamed with the name of the King of England who, in 1903, came to Lisbon.
With 25hectares has different structures such as the Cold Greenhouse.
Nearby, a lake with large carp and a children’s playground, Gymnasium Carlos Lopes (1932) .
On top is the Monument to April 25, authored by John Cutileiro, followed by Amalia Rodrigues Garden and a monumental viewpoint, has spectacular views of the castle of S. Jorge, the downtown and of course the Tagus River.
Given the social and political context lived in the ’30s , the Portuguese Bishops pointed out three reasons to build the monument to Christ the King :
1 – The duty of a social reparation for the universal conspiracy of Christ
2 – A major duty of national gratitude , because unlike other countries , in Portugal , by a singular providence was lived in peace, in spiritual progress and the monument would look like a deep and heartfelt thanks to Christ.
3 – A national restoration requirement
Pastéis de Belém
As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled.
In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as ‘Pasteis de Belém’. At that period the area of Belém was still far from the city of Lisbon and could be reached by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery.
In 1837, the baking of the ‘Pasteis de Belém’ was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient ‘secret recipe’ from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the ‘secrets room’, this recipe remained unchanged to the present day. In fact, the only true ‘Pasteis de Belém’ contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the time-honoured Portuguese sweetmaking.
Torre de Belém
Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
In the tower as a whole one can distinguish two distinct volumes and military architectural models: the mediaeval keep tower and the modern bulwark which, as it contained two artillery levels, allowed for long-distance cannon firing as well as ricochet shots over the water.
The Tower of Belém is a cultural reference, a symbol of the specificity of Portugal at the time, including its privileged exchange with other cultures and civilisations. As a protector of Portuguese individuality and universality, the tower saw its role confirmed in 1983 when it was classified by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
The Monument to the Discoveries (in Portuguese “Padrão do Descobrimentos”), created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition.
Built with perishable materials, it had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded sculpture was made of gypsum (formed of plaster and burlap, and reinforced by a wooden and iron structure).
The monument was reconstructed in 1960 to mark 500 years since the death of the Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator).
Terreiro do Paço
The Commerce Square, better known as the Palace Square, is a square of downtown Lisbon situated beside the Tagus river, in the area that was the site of the palace of the kings of Portugal for nearly two centuries.
It is one of the largest squares in Europe, with some 36 000 m² (180m x 200m). It is the center of Lisbon, as well as its main square. In 1511, King Manuel I moved his residence from the Castle of São Jorge to this place by the river. The Palace of Ribeira, as well as its library of 70,000 volumes were destroyed by the 1755 earthquake In the reconstruction, coordinated by Eugenio dos Santos, the square became the key element of the plan of the Marquis of Pombal.
Space scenario and visits Lisbon room is required to meet and climb the clock tower and glimpse Pombal Lisbon.