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Pastéis de Belém

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.

Jerónimos Monestery

The Portuguese monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome, built in the 16th century, is today a UNESCO World Heritage site and main site representing the Manueline style (Portuguese Gothic).  

Monument to the discoveries

The monument to the discoveries, the work of Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, was the symbolic monument of the Portuguese World Exhibition. Belvedere, auditorium and exhibition halls.

Belém Tower

The Belém Tower was strategically built on the northern bank of the river in 1520, at a time when Portugal was a world power. The tower is one of the architectural masterpieces built during the reign of King D. Manuel I, and is today A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Belém Palace

Built in 1559, the palace is today the official residence of the President of the Republic.

Cultural Centre of Belém

The centre opened as a cultural and conference centre in 1993, a venue for music, performing arts and photography. It also houses the Berardo Museum, which showcases a collection of items from 1937 to the present day.

Electricity Museum

The museum shows the past, present and future of the various types of power, in a mixed concept of Science Museum and Industrial Archaeology.

Cordoaria Nacional

The museum houses several exhibitions throughout the year, for e.g., the Biennial Antique Exhibition, showcasing tapestries, furniture, paintings and porcelain. The building is listed as a National Monument.

Restelo Football Stadium

Sports complex, for all types of sports, such as handball, basketball, soccer, athletics, and rugby. In the trophies room, visitors can learn about the victories and history of this century-old sports club.

Champalimaud Foundation

The project of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown was designed by the Goa architect Charles Correa. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote scientific research in the biomedicine area.

Urban Park of Moinhos de Santana

The recreational park of Moinhos de Santana is characterised by two old windmills boasting a stunning view over the city and the Tagus River.

Memória Church

Church built in memory of the attack on the life of King D. José I. Baroque building with neo-classical characteristics, featuring balanced and harmonious lines, topped by a dome.

Saint Jerome Chapel

Built in 1514 in the land taken up by the walls of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém. Listed as a National Monument, this chapel is part of the parish of Restelo. Visits subject to booking.

Monument of the first South Atlantic Crossing

The first South Atlantic air crossing was successfully accomplished by airmen Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral in 1922, as part of the commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Brazil.

Ajuda National Palace

Former royal palace and national monument, it now houses a magnificent museum and is the only palace that can be visited in Lisbon that still preserves, in a trustworthy manner, the layout and decoration of its 19th century rooms, in particular the monarchs’ living rooms and the throne room.

Overseas War Memorial

A sculpture by João Antero de Almeida and architects Francisco José Ferreira Guedes de Carvalho, Helena Albuquerque and Sidónio Costa Cabral. The first stone of this monument in memory of the Portuguese soldiers who fought overseas was laid on 12 May 1993, and was inaugurated on 15 January 1994.

National Ethnology Museum

The collections of the National Ethnology Museum contain about 40 000 items from various parts of the world, although the most representative ones are from mainland Portugal, the islands, and from colonial times.

Museum of the Presidency of the Republic

Typical exhibition of items linked to the politicians that headed the Portuguese State since 1910, with interactive information and knowledge systems.

Calouste Gulbenkian Planatarium

Opened on 20 July 1965. Its interior recreates the night sky, revealing the mysteries of the universe, as well as more specific themes, such as constellations and the Star of Bethlehem.

National Coaches Museum

Unique collection of gala and promenade vehicles, from the 16th to the 19th century, mostly from the Portuguese Royal House, to which were added vehicles belonging to the church and from private collections. Visitors are able to learn about the technical and artistic evolution of animal-drawn transport, used by the European courts until the emergence of the car.

National Museum of Archeology

Founded in 1893 in the western wing of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, in the old monks’ dormitory area, this museum is the main archaeological research centre in Portugal, showcasing items from across the country.

Popular Art Museum

Opened on 15 July 1948, the museum has rooms with the permanent collection and an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions, and consists of five rooms for each of the five Portuguese regions: Entre-Douro-e-Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Algarve, Beiras, Alentejo and Estremadura.

War Veterans Museum

The monumental Bom Sucesso Fort has three permanent, open-air exhibition areas showing equipment of the various Portuguese Armed Forces services, two indoor permanent exhibitions – “The 20th Portuguese Soldier” and the “History of Military Aviation”, and also temporary painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions.

Afonso de Albuquerque Square

A Neo-Manueline column stands in the middle of the square, with a statue and everyday life scenes sculpture on its base. The monument was inaugurated on 3 October 1902 to honour Afonso de Albuquerque, governor of India between 1509 and 1515.

Império Square

Built in 1940 for the Portuguese World Exhibition, the square boast a lake with engravings of the coat-of-arms of Mercê Antiga and Nova, belonging to or said to belong to seamen during the Discoveries period.

Ajuda Botanical Garden

With an area of 3.5 ha spread across two terraces separated by a drop of 6.8 m between them, the gardens follow a Renaissance-style architecture characterised by terraces spread across slopes, with three main elements: carved rock, plants, and fountains and ponds.

Tropical Botanical Garden

The Tropical Botanical Garden is a Centre of the IICT – Tropical Science Investigation Institute – combines the preservation of collections of living plants, a wood gallery/ collection, a herbarium, and zoological collections and used in research projects with the Natural Sciences Department.

Navy Museum

Exhibition of arms and uniforms, navigation instruments and sea charts, models of galleys, inland vessels, coastal vessels, and other ships from the period of the Discoveries until the 19th century.

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