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Praca do Comercio

Dom Jose statue

The impressive Arco da Rua Augusta

Looks like the Golden Gate

Under the Arch

Town Hall

Not so impressive Elevador de Santa Justa

Across to the Convento de Carmo

The National Theatre

Looking up to the Castlelo de Sao Jorge

View from the castle

Another view down

The castle walls

The local residents

Entance to the inner castle

A different view

Along the walls

 

Not sure I want to go down there!

Looking from the other side

Across to some further churches

The not so impressive cathedral

One of the older trams


We used the local bus to get into Lisbon. Although an efficient service it did seem to go all around through the houses and we were sure the bus had no suspension! We got off the bus at the waterfront of the Rio Tejo and the Praca do Comercio.

Praca do Comercio Square is surrounded by classical building built after the earthquake which destroyed most of Lisbon in 1755. The square is dominated by the bronze statue of Dom Jose-the reigning monarch at the time of the earthquake and by a huge arch, Arco da Rua Augusta. The square was also where in 1908 the then reigning monarch , King Carlos I and his eldest son were shot and killed at the start of a revolution which resulted in Portugal becoming a Republic two years later. The square also is the waterfront onto the Rio Tejo with views of the road and rail bridge which is like a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

From there we wandered through grid streets of the area called Baixa coming across a rather ugly structure called the Elevador de Santa Justa built in 1902 by a disciple of Eiffel. We then came into the Rossio square which before the earthquake stood the Inquisitional Palace in front of which public hangings and heretics’ burnings took place. A grizzly past. Today the dominate building is the National Theatre. From the square looking towards the west there should have been fine views of the Convento do Como but most of the view and ambience was ruined by construction work and a garish advertisement hoarding!

From the square we made our way up through the back streets to the Castelo de Sao Jorge. Walking through the back streets was safe enough the environment was not enhanced by the large amount of graffiti on walls etc (a very common problem in Portugal.).

The castle sits high on a hill above Lisbon and the main attraction visited by tourists in the city centre because of the views across the city. We sat in the sun and ate our lunch enjoying the views before exploring the old Moorish castle and walking the ramparts. We also came across the castles residents – peacocks.

Making our way down the main tourist route from the castle we came across the not so impressive cathedral or Se and a lovely square with views. We made our way back down to the Praca do Comercio to catch a tram to Belem and then the bus back to the campground a slightly smoothly and more direct route back.

We felt Lisbon city centre yes had some impressive buildings but had not got the charm of a number of other cities we had visited such as Bordeaux or Luxemburg City but was not as bad as Amsterdam.



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