Portugal Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Convento de CristoConvento de Cristo
Tomar, Portugal

A World Heritage Site, this fortified monastery offers some fascinating Templar history and the astounding stone carvings characteristic of Manueline architecture.

Evora CathedralEvora Cathedral
Evora, Portugal

This bulky, Romanesque-Gothic cathedral is notable for its impressive medieval architecture, Gothic apostle statues, fine cloister, and rich treasury.

Braga CathedralBraga Cathedral
Braga, Portugal

This 12th-century cathedral is the most important monument in Braga and is intimately tied to the long history of Christianity in the city.

Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel)Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel)
Evora, Portugal

Part of a Franciscan church, the remarkable Chapel of Bones was lined with human bones and skulls in the 16th century as a reminder of immortality.

Almendres MenhirAlmendres Menhir

This single standing stone is 3 meters high and astronomically aligned with the nearby Almendres Cromlech.

Batalha MonasteryBatalha Monastery
Batalha, Portugal

King Joao I founded this Dominican monastery after winning a major battle. The splendid edifice was constructed over two centuries in the Gothic and Manueline styles.

Vasco de Gama BridgeVasco de Gama Bridge

The longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco de Gama was completed for the World Expo 1998 in Lisbon, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Vasco de Gama's discovery of a sea route to India.

Templo de Diana (Roman Temple)
Evora, Portugal

Located in the city center, this 1st-century Roman temple with delicate Corinthian columns remains remarkably intact.

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima, Portugal

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. Some 4 million people visit each year, drawn by visions of the Virgin Mary reported by shepherd children in 1917.

Lisbon Cathedral
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon's cathedral was built in the 12th century on the site of a former mosque. Resembling a fortress on the outside, it has some interesting treasures on the inside.

Coa Valley Rock Art

Discovered in the 1990s, this is one of the most important collections of prehistoric rock art in the world. It has been designated a World Heritage Site.

São Vicente de Fora
Lisbon, Portugal

Now the Royal Pantheon for the Portuguese monarchy, this church was originally part of a 12th-century convent. The current building dates from 1582-1627.