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Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It is a city of narrow streets where you can have a romantic stroll, magnificent palaces and churches, ladders, cable cars and ski lifts, a city of seafarers and songs. Those who are fortunate to visit Lisbon keep the memories of the amazing city forever. It is truly not like any other metropolis in the world.

One of the main attractions of Lisbon, the Tower of Belem was built in 1515 to protect the port of Lisbon. It served as a starting point for many explorers and discoverers. It is a monument to the Portuguese Age of Discoveries which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Tower of Belem is also a symbol of Lisbon. The architect of the tower had been working in Morocco before he constructed this Portuguese fortification, that it why the masterpiece preserves some traces of Muslim influence, and its observation posts are designed in the Moorish style.

Since 1910, the Belem Palace has been the official residence of the President of Portugal. It was built in 1559, and in the 17th century the palace underwent reconstruction. As if by miracle, it was not affected gravely by the great Lisbon earthquake that destroyed most of the surrounding buildings. The palace, with its richly furnished rooms, carvings, tiles, and countless works of art, is open to visitors on Saturdays.

The Museum of the Presidency helps the tourists learn about the history of the Portuguese Republic and its president, a permanent exhibition tells about the national symbols. There are also samples of gifts to presidents from the world leaders and other prominent people.

The Castle of St. George can be seen from almost anywhere in Lisbon. The oldest part of the castle had been built until the 6th century by the Romans, Westgoths, and later Muslims. Just a few guns located here resemble the true purpose of the castle. Most of the castle has been destroyed over the years, but still the walls and 18 towers remain. Here, the visitors can enjoy the views of the city, or relax in the garden with peacocks, ducks, and geese.

Jeronimos Monastery was the most impressive symbol of strength and prosperity of Portugal during the Age of Discoveries. The monastery was inhabited by monks of the Order of St Jerome, who prayed for the sailors and the soul of the king. Jeronimos Monastery is a magnificent example of European Gothic style, and its architecture is replete with marine motifs. Each column is decorated with corals, sea monsters, rope knots, and other objects from the world of ships. There is also a former refectory with exquisite diamond-shaped arches and tiles on the walls, depicting the biblical story.

The ancient cathedral of Lisbon was built by the first king of Portugal in 1150 at the site of an old mosque. Outwardly, it resembles a medieval fortress, but from within it is predominantly executed in the Romanesque style. Lisbon aqueduct consists of 109 stone arches, which at the moment of creation were the highest in the world. The length of the aqueduct is 58 km. Amazingly, it survived the earthquake of 1755.

Not far from the monastery of Jeronimos, there is the monument to the Discoverers, erected on the northern bank of the River Tagus. The monument itself is a ready to sail ship with the statues of the most prominent historical figures. Inside the monument, there is a showroom which displays temporary exhibitions. The monument to Jesus Christ was built in 1959 in gratitude to God for guarding Portugal during the Second World War. The monument was inspired by the statue in Rio de Janeiro. Lisbon is also known to have the longest bridge in Europe - the so-called Vasco da Gama Bridge, which stretches for 17 miles and is a masterpiece of engineering.