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A gateway detail (St George's castle area):
Two angels holding the old Portuguese Royal Arms

Lisbon's architecture has undergone many influences and changes. Due to the communications with great part of the world for over 800 years, it is clear to see around Portugal, buildings that could have been built by French, Brazilian or Oriental people, but always faithful to the Portuguese nature and culture.

Walking in Lisbon is a non-stop discovery experience. Take your time and look carefully at the train station in Rossio. Right next to it, you'll find the renovated Rossio Square and down Rua Augusta an arch resembling the Arch of Triumph leads way to the outstanding Praa do Comrcio (Commerce Square). In the surrounding area don't miss the traditional quarters of Alfama, Bairro Alto, Mouraria and Chiado. You will be amazed at the architectural contrasts to be found here!
Also, make sure you visit the Belm area. The Jernimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Belm Tower and the modern Cultural Centre of Belm, set in an area of well looked after gardens that will pander even to the delights of the most discerning visitors.

The most modern part of Lisbon is in the Parque das Naes, where the Expo 98 was held. Here the tall modern glass buildings decorate the gridded streets. The Gare do Oriente Station is more recent, bigger and with a great number of shops, contrasting with the central St Apolnia station, which is smaller and less hectic. Here you will also find large shopping centres and the tallest tower in Portugal, the Vasco da Gama tower.

Telling you where to go for the many architectural wonders in Lisbon has never, and never will be easy. This is an enchanting city, which will surprise you at every corner with its unique, old, grand and decadent many charms.

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