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Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lisbon

Af Viator, July 2017

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Lovely Lisbon has two UNESCO World Heritage listed sights; the landmark Belém Tower is the symbol of Portugal’s 16th-century maritime power and perches on the Tagus River. It was completed in 1519 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India.

Also inspired by Da Gama’s navigational successes, the Monastery of St Jerome (he is patron saint of sailors) is also UNESCO listed; it once stood on the river side but the course of the Tagus has changed. The monastery is a paean to the elaborate Gothic architecture of the Portuguese Golden Age and its beautiful cloisters are covered with maritime carvings and motifs.

Around Lisbon there are many attractions of great international significance; the entire hill town of Sintra is designated a UNESCO site. Its red-roofed, white-washed National Palace dates from the 14th century and has one of the world’s most important collections of azulejo tiles decorating its flamboyant paneled and gilded apartments.

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