Guests onboard Marina
enjoyed a call in Lisbon yesterday. Whether you enjoy parks or palaces,
churches or theaters, Lisbon has lovely examples of each. As Blogger-at-Large
for Oceania Cruises, I recently shared some photos and stories
of this wonderful city, and as there are so many interesting sights, I’d like
to share a few more today.
The Square of Commerce, located on the Tagus River, was once
the location of the Royal Ribeira Palace, the main residence of the king of Portugal.
The palace, along with much of Lisbon and the surrounding areas, was destroyed
in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and the subsequent tsunami and fires.
After the earthquake, as part of the massive reconstruction effort, the entire
square was redesigned and renamed to reflect its new function as the government
bureau that regulated customs and port activities. In this photo you can see a
trolley, an excellent way to explore the streets of Lisbon, as well as the
statue of King Joseph I, the king of Portugal during the rebuilding of Lisbon
after the earthquake.
In the 12th century, shortly after Lisbon was liberated from
the Moors, construction began on a monastery dedicated to St. Vincent, the
patron saint of Lisbon. Called the Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls, it
has held St. Vincent’s remains since they were transported here from his
original burial place in Cape Vincent. From the 16th to the 18th century, the
monastery and church were completely rebuilt. Here you see the statue of St.
Vincent in the foreground and the monastery in the distance.
Built in the 1890s, the Campo Pequeno Bullring was inspired by
a famous bullring in Madrid. A rich tradition shared with the Spanish,
bullfighting in Portugal differs in one crucial way: the bull is not killed in
the end, thanks to a decree by King Miguel of Portugal, who considered it
inhumane. After undergoing considerable renovations, the building was reopened
in 2006 as a multi-event venue.
The Eden Teatro is a magnificent art deco theater
constructed in the 1930s as an entertainment center with an arcade and shops on
the ground floor and a theater on the first floor with an orchestra and two
balconies. It lay unused for many years after it closed in the late 80s, until
it was converted into a 134-room apartment hotel in 2001.
From Edward VII Park, you can enjoy beautiful views of the
Tagus River. Occupying over 50 acres, the park was named for Edward VII of the
United Kingdom for his efforts to strengthen relations between the two
countries in the early 1900s. Between the park and Liberty Avenue is the
Marquess of Pombal Square, a roundabout with a bronze statue atop a large
column dedicated to the marquess, a prime minister who ruled Portugal from 1750
to 1777. The statue is shown looking towards the Baixa Pombalina, which is the
area that was rebuilt under his direction after the 1755 earthquake.
I cannot get enough of this delightful city, and I look
forward to more exploration soon! If you haven’t had a chance to visit or are
eager for a second look, there are several opportunities in 2014:
- August 5, 2014: Accent on Spain, Barcelona to
Lisbon (10 Days)
- August 15, 2014: Iberian Sojourn, Lisbon to
Barcelona (12 Day)
- September 2, 2014: Classic Continental, Amsterdam to Barcelona (12
- September 6, 2014: Cathedrals & Crowns,
Monte Carlo to London (14 Days)
- September 14, 2014: Princes & Palaces,
Barcelona to Lisbon (10 Days)