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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

In Entrecampos 98 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Most exhibits indulge in it in some kind of multimedia experience, so the experience is typically more active and captivating than your more standard, stagnant art museum. — Let's Go

This center of arts and culture features a music season with Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir; permanent exhibitions of the collections of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Centre. — Afar Magazine

This is quite simply one of the world's greatest private art collections. — Frommer's

The biggest pleasure of a visit to the Museu Gulbenkian is the chance it offers to compare and contrast pieces of art from so many places in the world and from so many different periods of history — Rough Guide

Jeronimos Monastery

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

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

Belém’s undisputed heart-stealer is this Unesco-listed monastery. — Lonely Planet

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

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 architecture — Fodor's

Torre de Belem

The Belem District 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

A postcard-perfect example of Manueline might, the four-story, UNESCO World Heritage–listed fortified tower hugging the river Tejo was designed in the early 16th century by Francisco de Arruda — Travel + Leisure

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

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

St. George's Castle

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

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

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

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

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National Museum of Ancient Art

Rato, Lapa & Santos 83 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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Igreja de Sao Roque

Amoreiras & Campo De Ourique 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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 museum contains 16C Portuguese paintings and part of the treasure from the chapel of São João Baptista. — 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

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

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Museu Colecao Berardo

The Belem District 81 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

Opened in 2007, this museum located at the heart of the cultural centre displays part of the collection of Madeiran tycoon J Berardo — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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Museu do Oriente

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

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

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

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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Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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National Pantheon of Santa Engracia

Graca & Alfama 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The large domed edifice immediately behind and below São Vicente is the former church of Santa Engrácia — Fodor's

Begun in the 17C, the church was never completed. In the form of a Greek cross, it is now surmounted by a cupola, inaugurated in 1966. — Michelin Guide

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

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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 →

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

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

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 →

The newly inaugurated contemporary-art extension of Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado is housed inside the former monk's sleeping quarters of the Convento de São Francisco. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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Santa Justa Elevator

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

The lift was built in 1901 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a Portuguese engineer of French origin who was influenced by Gustave Eiffel. — Michelin Guide

Lisbon’s only vertical street lift. Get there early to beat the crowds and zoom to the top for sweeping views over the city’s skyline. — Lonely Planet

The ride in this elevator is always a thrill — Afar Magazine

This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills.”  — Atlas Obscura

One of Lisbon's more extraordinary structures. — Fodor'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 →

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

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

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