Vakantie Regio Lissabon
Vind de perfecte vakantie
Forming an integral part of the triptych of Lisbon’s former line of defence, the Belém Tower was finally finished in 1520.
Its architect, Francisco de Arruda, had created a masterpiece of Manueline art with Moorish influences, not far from the no less impressive Monastery of the Hieronymites, and also classed in 1983 by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
This elegant stonework keep, which looks out over both the Tagus estuary and the nearby Atlantic, remains one of Portugal’s symbolic monuments, and a testament to the country’s golden age of expansion and discovery.
Also known as Elevador do Carmo, this lift was built at the beginning of the last century by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, and remains the only neo-Gothic style monument in the Lisbon district of La Baixa. The streets of both La Baixa and Rossio can be seen from this unique viewpoint.
The difference in height between access to the Rua de Santa Justa and the Rua do Carmo is 45 metres, the latter and the Bairro Alto also being accessible via a long, steep climb up a spiral staircase leading to the viewpoint.
Also visible in the City of the Seven Hills are the Tagus river, the Castelo São Jorge and the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, victim of the historic earthquake of 1755, all from a unique perspective.
Behind the mask!
The biggest event in Iberian culture is back to delight us all with the magic of the mask!
The International Iberian Mask Festival (Festival da Máscara Ibérica) takes place in May, giving rise to four days of frenzied celebration; on the programme is a range of events including an exhibition of handicrafts and regional products, campaigns promoting tourism and culture, concerts, exhibitions, talks, a photo competition and lots of street entertainment.
Every year, this major cultural event brings together a variety of masks from throughout Portugal and Spain, delighting the city of Lisbon with their artistry, history and culture.
The art of disorder.
Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata is known for his sense of disorder. Specialising in artistic installations, he uses them to make the viewer reflect on the occupation of space and the beauty that can arise from the opposition between construction and destruction. Hence his destructured works which often use recycled materials.
The artist also uses plastic debris collected by volunteers on the Portuguese coast to offer a new creation at MAAT. Like a wave hanging above your head, it rebukes the pollution of the oceans with poetry and depth.
João Louro's new project, created specifically for the Project Room of the Lisbon Museum of Contemporary Art, looks at a very precise moment in contemporary history: the birth of "Little Boy", the first American atomic bomb, a symbol of ambient nihilism. It stayed in our minds for many long years, and consequently in the arts, with the expression of a desire to end the world as we knew it until then. Texts, graffiti, and artistic compositions bear witness to this contemporary pessimism.