Lisbon: The Age of Discovery

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    Pat2
    12 Oct 2017
    Clock 50min      Length1.5mi
    Rating
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    “The sea with an end can be Greek or Roman. The endless sea is Portuguese”, wrote the poet Fernando Pessoa.

    Lisbon is a maritime city rich in history, architecture and stories. This tour will take you through the hallmarks of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, a fascinating time of kings, explorers, writers and navigators. This was a time steeped in adventure.

    From periods of discovery to periods of autocracy. You'll hear about Estado Novo, the autocratic regime of the 1940's. Find out how they redesigned the Belém district to represent a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese Exploration.

    You’ll see not only 16th century UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, but Estado Novo hallmarks as well, such as the Empire Square or the Monument to the Discoveries, on the waterfront.

    Journey into Portuguese maritime history, and find out how a tiny country on the western edge of Europe became the world's first superpower.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Jerónimos Monastery, The Empire Square, Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Tejo River, Belém Waterfront

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Start at Afonso de Albuquerque Square. It's the square right in front of Belém Palace and close to the Coach Museum, in Belém District.
    How to get there:
    By Train: Belém station
    By Tram: 15
    By Bus: 728 – 714 - 727 - 729 - 751
    Bus/Tram Stop: Belém (the one prior to Jerónimos Monastery)

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    The Coach Museum, Pastelaria de Belém, Belém Cultural Centre, Belém Tropical Botanical Garden

    Best time to walk:

    Morning from 10am onwards. The monuments open at 10am and close at 5.30/6pm. Please note that last admissions are, in general, at 5pm/5.30pm on Winter Schedule and that the Monuments are closed on Mondays. In the Summer, avoid the hottest time of the day (1pm-3pm) or, at least, take enough water and sun protection with you.

    Precautions:

    Beware of pickpockets on trams and buses to Belém.

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    Missing

    Good basics about the area. Loved the Pessoa insights near the end. Pats has a great voice and delivery — I wanted more stories and history tales during the walks between monuments. Please add more. It’s so much nicer than walking around with my nose in a guidebook or fixed on Google.

    Pat2   

    Thank you for your opinion and tips.

    Lisbon with Pats Route Creator , 23 days ago
    Missing

    A nice walk in the city!
    Thanks for your details very useful

    Posted by /users/1541-25ad888d-ddeb-42eb-b88e-ede63560f6b0 , about 2 months ago
    Pat2   

    Thank you!

    Lisbon with Pats Route Creator , about 2 months ago
    Missing

    I loved this tour and Belem is amazing. It real is a must. Not only did I get a real and clear understanding of the significance of Belem to Portuguese history, the beauty of it's monuments and the connection with the sea, I realised that without the app I would have been like so many tourists there, just taking photos and not understanding this fascinating place and it's importance to the world. The end of the tour at the Tower of Belem left me almost speechless. Thanks, Lisbon with Pats for sharing your knowledge and insight. Highly recommend.

    Pat2   

    Thank you for sharing your opinion.

    Lisbon with Pats Route Creator , 2 months ago

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