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Lisbon is the captivating capital city of Portugal. Located on the coast, this hilly city is full of pastel-colored homes, towering castles, historic sites, and bustling marketplaces. Lisbon is home to a countless UNESCO World Heritage sites, and visitors from all over the world come to marvel at the architecture and the breathtaking views. Take a tour of the monasteries and castles, explore old neighborhoods with fascinating pasts and enjoy the traditional Fado music. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie or an arts and culture lover, Lisbon is a city with something for everyone.

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1. Take a tour of the Monastery of Jerónimos

The Monastery of Jerónimos, also known as Hieronymites Monastery, is a UNESCO listed site and is a notable example of Manueline architecture. The ornate carvings and spires showcase the incredible wealth that Lisbon and Portugal had amassed through colonization during the country’s Age of Exploration. In fact, the monastery was built using mainly the money Portugal had made trading spices from the East. The construction of this masterpiece began in the early 1500s and took over a century to complete. Buy tickets in advance and spend a warm, sunny day taking a tour of the church and expansive cloisters.

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