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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

In Entrecampos 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Famous for its outstanding quality and breadth... the grand finale is the collection of exquisite René Lalique jewelry. — Lonely Planet

Displays its exhibits particularly well and is especially rich in European and Oriental art. — Michelin Guide

Thanks to a wealthy Armenian oil magnate, Calouste Gulbenkian, with wide-ranging tastes and an eye for a masterpiece, this museum has one of the finest collections of art in Europe — DK Eyewitness

Guggenheim-level collector Gulbenkian amassed treasures dating from 2000 B.C. to the early 20th century. — Concierge

Surrounded by its own perfectly planned and maintained 17-acre park, the museum houses a huge collection, which begins chronologically, with Egyptian ceramics and sculptures. — Insight Guides

Jeronimos Monastery

Belem 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This magnificent 16C Hieronymite monastery was built in 1502 and is a glorious result of the great discoveries of the period. — Michelin Guide

This historic site offers a glimpse of early-16th-century Lisbon. — Travel + Leisure

The church contains tombs (both symbolic and actual) of Portuguese kings and bishops. — Let's Go

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a supreme example of the Manueline style of building (named after King Dom Manuel I), which represented a marked departure from earlier Gothic... — Fodor's

In an expansive mood, Manuel I, the Fortunate, ordered this monastery built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's voyage to India and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. — Frommer's

St. George's Castle

Graca & Alfama 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The ramparts offer panoramic views of the city's layout as far as the towering Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. — Fodor's

From the former parade ground just inside the outer wall, the view over the Tagus, the suspension bridge and the left bank is marvellous. — Michelin Guide

The hilltop fortifications of Castelo de São Jorge sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for superlative views. — Lonely Planet

Locals speak of Saint George's Castle as the cradle of their city, and it might have been where the Portuguese capital began. — Frommer's

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Torre de Belem

The Belem District 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The tower was originally built in 1519 in the middle of the Tagus to defend the Hieronymite monastery and to serve as a lighthouse. — Michelin Guide

This western waterfront neighborhood beckons... museums abound, and the planetarium is a kid-favorite. — Concierge

A monument to Portugal's great military and naval past, the tower stands on or near the spot where the caravels once set out across the sea. — Frommer's

The openwork balconies and domed turrets of the fanciful Belém Tower make it perhaps the country's purest Manueline structure. — Fodor's

Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries. — Lonely Planet

Igreja de Sao Roque

Amoreiras & Campo De Ourique 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A masterpiece of Italian Baroque, originally built in Rome in 1742, dismantled and transported to Lisbon where it was re-erected in around 1750. — Michelin Guide

The Jesuits, who at one time were so powerful they virtually governed Portugal, founded St.Roque Church in the late 16th century. — Frommer's

Adjoining the church, the Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art) displays an engaging collection of rich clerical vestments and liturgical objects. — Fodor's

The plain facade... belies its dazzling interior of gold, marble and Florentine azulejos. — Lonely Planet

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National Museum of Ancient Art

Rato, Lapa & Santos 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Reflect the history of Portugal, in that they are all by Portuguese artists or painters who lived in Portugal or had connections with the country. — Michelin Guide

Portugal's premier collection of old masters is housed in a 17th-century palace high on a cliff overlooking the River Tagus. — Frommer's

Lapa’s biggest draw... presents a star-studded collection of European and Asian paintings and decorative arts. — Lonely Planet

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Praca do Comercio

Graca & Alfama 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Triumphal Arch offers unique views over the city center and its surroundings. — Fodor's

With its grand 18th-century arcades, lemon-meringue facades and mosaic cobbles, the riverfront Praça do Comércio is a square to out-pomp them all. — Lonely Planet

Prince Luis Felipe, were assassinated on the square on 1 February 1908. — Michelin Guide

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Lisbon Zoo

Near Jardim Zoologico 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A collection of some 2,000 animals, occupies a flower-filled setting. — Frommer's

More than 370 species... the Zoological Garden is a popular spot with kids. — Fodor's

Covering 26ha, Laranjeiras Park is both a zoo and public garden. — Michelin Guide

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Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB)

Lisbon 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Comprises five main areas: the Conference, Performing Arts, and Exhibition Centers and the Educational and Formation Areas. — Travel + Leisure

Back in 1992, Portugal hosted the Presidency of the European Union, which was the reason for building this center that nowadays holds conferences and professional meetings. — Afar Magazine

This massive cultural center is a haven of clean, modern architecture on the otherwise overwhelmingly Manueline waterfront. — Let's Go

This immense building, completed in 1992, plays a prominent role in Lisbon's and Portugal's cultural life — Michelin Guide

This center is a major venue for the presentation of concerts by various international orchestras and classical recitals, even performances by top jazz artists and other visiting musicians. — Frommer's

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Museu do Oriente

Lisbon 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With the aim of broadening inter-cultural understanding, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions showcasing contemporary Asian artists. — Frommer's

The beautifully designed Museu do Oriente highlights Portugal’s ties with Asia, from colonial baby steps in Macau to ancestor worship. — Lonely Planet

Opened in 2008 in the Alcântara docks, this huge cultural centre is located in the former refrigerated cod stores. — Michelin Guide

Highlights of the permanent collections include unique maps and charts from the golden age of Portuguese maritime exploration and stunning Chinese and Japanese painted screens. — Fodor's

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Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian

The Belem District 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Films revealing the world of the unknown, plus eclipses of the sun and moon... are some of the audiovisual possibilities on offer. — Michelin Guide

Want an art history survey course for under €5? This museum has a large and eclectic collection of works from the ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians to the Impressionists and beyond. — Let's Go

Presents interesting astronomical shows with various themes several times a week... English only for some summer sessions. — Fodor's

The Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium is open to the public all year. — Frommer's

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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the 17th-century Azurara Palace, the Museum-School of Decorative Arts has objects that date from the 15th through 19th century. — Fodor's

The museum tells the story of everyday life in Lisbon in the 17 and 18C through a series of small, intimate rooms, decorated with azulejos and frescoes. — Michelin Guide

The Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in an exquisite aristocratic abode on Portas do Sol square, overlooking the narrow lanes of Lisbon's medieval Alfama neighborhood. — Frommer's

It’s worth a visit alone to admire the lavish apartments, embellished with baroque azulejos, frescoes and chandeliers. — Lonely Planet

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Museu Colecao Berardo

The Belem District 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Latest addition to Belém’s sprawling Cultural Center. — Travel + Leisure

A showcase for one of Europe's most important private collections of modern art. — Fodor's

The ultrawhite, minimalist gallery displays billionaire José Berardo’s eye-popping collection of abstract, surrealist and pop art. — Lonely Planet

A chronolgical and thematic tour covers the major European and American art movements of the 20C and 21C. — Michelin Guide

Portugal's most avant-garde showcase of modern art. It is a major treasure trove. — Frommer's

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Lisbon Oceanarium

Parque das Nacoes 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Europe's largest indoor aquarium wows children and adults alike with a vast saltwater tank featuring a massive array of fish, including several types of shark. Along the way you pass... — Fodor's

The closest you’ll get to scuba diving without a wetsuit, Lisbon’s Oceanário is mind-blowing. — Lonely Planet

This giant study centre dedicated to marine life is also an institution committed to preserving the underwater world. — Michelin Guide

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Rossio Square

Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These cobbles have seen it all: witch burnings and bullfights, rallies and 1974 revolution carnations. Don’t miss Estação do Rossio, a frothy neo-Manueline station with horseshoe-shaped arches. — Lonely Planet

The statue of Dom Pedro IV stands in the centre of the square, overlooking the busy flower market set up among the baroque fountains. — Michelin Guide

Lisbon's main square since before the Middle Ages is popularly known as the Rossio...[I]t is a grand space, with ornate French fountains. — Fodor's

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Estrela Basilica

Rato, Lapa & Santos 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visible from afar... the echoing interior is awash with pink-and-black marble, which creates a kaleidoscopic effect. — Lonely Planet

This white Baroque basilica was built in the late 18C. — Michelin Guide

This spacious Baroque basilica has an unusually restrained marble interior and offers fine views of the city from its zimbório (dome). — Fodor's

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Museu do Chiado

Bairro Alto, Chiado & Baixa 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Shows an overview of the country's art from Romanticism to '70s Op Art. — Frommer's

The museum has a collection of paintings, sculpture and drawings, principally by Portuguese artists, dating from the period between 1850 and 1950. — Michelin Guide

Contemporary-art fans flock to Museu do Chiado, housed in the strikingly converted Convento de São Francisco. — Lonely Planet

Specializes in Portuguese art from 1850 to the present day, covering various movements: Romanticism, Naturalism, Surrealism, and Modernism. — Fodor's

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Museu Nacional dos Coches

Lisbon 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Don't miss Pope Clement XI’s stunning ride, the scarlet-and-gold Coach of the Oceans, or the old royal riding school, Antigo Picadeiro Real, across the street. — Lonely Planet

In a former royal riding school with a gorgeous painted ceiling, the National Coach Museum has a dazzling collection of gloriously gilded horse-drawn carriages. — Fodor's

The most visited attraction in Lisbon, the National Coach Museum is the finest of its type in the world. — Frommer's

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National Pantheon of Santa Engracia

Graca & Alfama 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The porcelain-white Panteão Nacional is a baroque beauty. — Lonely Planet

The local expression "like work on Santa Engrácia" is commonly used to describe projects that are never finished! — Michelin Guide

Memorials honor Henry the Navigator; Luís Vaz de Camões, the country's greatest poet; Pedro Álvares Cabral, "discoverer" of Brazil... and, of course, Vasco da Gama. — Frommer's

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Carmo Convent

Chiado & Carmo 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Soaring above Lisbon, the skeletal Convento do Carmo was all but devoured by the 1755 earthquake and that's precisely what makes it so captivating. — Lonely Planet

Today the ruins of the Gothic church, built in the late 14C, give onto one of Lisbon's most charming squares — Michelin Guide

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