Lisbon, Portugal
Date:
12/02/2000

PHOTOS
 
Torre de Belem was built 1515-1519 on the Tagus to defend the river mouth and the Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos. The 1755 earthquake changed the course of the Tagus so the Tower now stands along the edge of the river.

An exceptional afternoon in Lisbon along the Tagus


 
In 1502 King Dom Manuel decided to build the Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos in Belem (Portuguese for Bethlehem) along the Tagus, where ships set off to explore other lands.

In the 1500s Lisbon was most rich with money and treasures resulting from explorers' discoveries in the Indies. The Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos (monastery) architects used these abundant monies to build a massive and ambitious work in Manueline style.


The interior of Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos has outstanding carved stonework and magnificent vaulted ceilings.

Lisbon street life


 
Praca do Comercio held the Royal Palace until the 1755 earthquake and tidal waves. This 19th century Baroque arch leads to a pedestrian-only street - Rua Augusta.

The bronze equestrian statue of King Jose I stands in the center of Praca do Comercio.


 
Lisbon late afternoon

More Lisbon street life


 
Lisbon is a lot seedier behind the fašade of its central attractions.


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
12 February 2000 - In 1502 King Dom Manuel decided to build the Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos in Belem (Portuguese for Bethlehem) along the Tagus. The monastery architects used the abundant wealth from the treasures brought home by the explorers to build the massive Manueline-style structure. The outstanding carved stonework and magnificent vaulted ceilings inside Mosteiro dos Jer-nimos are astonishing, but unfortunately the monastery is showing age and even crumbling . A stroll along the tree-lined Avenida Da Liberdade - Liberty Avenue - offers shops, outdoor cafes and hotels leading to Rua Augusta where we found more of the same plus scores of beggars and young hippie-types along the pedestrian-only street. On the surface, Lisbon appears prosperous, but upon departure from main tourist areas the seediness of time and wear become most apparent.

 

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