LISBON: Jeronimos Monastery

The Jeronimos Monastery struck me as one of the most impressive religious structures I’d seen in 50 years of European travel. The city tourist office calls Jeronimos Monastery the most prestigious place of worship in Lisbon. The Monastery’s lush, ornate decoration makes stone seem as light as air. The church of the monastic complex, dedicated …

LISBON: Belem Tower

The ornate Belem Tower made UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1983. The tower was built in the 16th Century to reinforce defenses on the shores of the Tagus River. The architect inserted Moorish elements in the structure and decoration of the tower. The watchtowers, roofed balconies, windows, loggias and intricate decorative motifs make …

LISBON: Maritime Museum

Lisbon’s Maritime Museum was created to honor Portugal’s naval achievements, starting from the 15th Century, the age of the great geographical discoveries. The collection features old maps, models of ships, 18th Century royal ceremonial barges, sailing instruments (including the world’s largest collection of astrolabes), charts, paintings and archeological findings related to seafaring. We thought the …