Chiado neighbourhood is, as many say, the heart of the city. It is there that several nationalities meet, it is there that we see traditional and century-old shops next to large international department stores, it is there that Lisbon's tradition meets the futurism of a city in permanent evolution in terms of leisure, with bars and restaurants. We therefore invite you to embark on a tour of Chiado.
Still, there is much more to see and discover in Chiado. That's why we take a tour of the main points of interest in this iconic Lisbon neighbourhood! Start at the imposing Commerce Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, opening to the south towards the immense Tagus estuary. From there, and always on foot, discover all that Chiado has to offer.
If you like history, there are unavoidable options, such as the Carmo Convent, which houses an eclectic collection of archaeological treasures and which bears witness to the destruction of the 1755 earthquake, which devastated and destroyed the Pombaline downtown at the time. Still in terms of art and culture, enjoy the São Carlos Theatre, a theatre that is over 300 years old, of national interest, and which is the stage for some of the most renowned international works.
At the National Museum of Contemporary Art, a former convent, enjoy works by the best national artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Also rebuilt after the earthquake, in the heart of Chiado Square is the Church of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, where you can admire the baroque details of the interior and the image of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação. And, still on the path of art, be sure to visit the oldest bookshop in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, Livraria Bertrand do Chiado.
For lovers of Portuguese culture, take a look at a store that contains the imagination of Portuguese products, A Vida Portuguesa. There you will find brands and packaging as they existed more than a century ago!
For fans of good landscapes, Chiado is also home to the most picturesque funicular (typical 19th century cablecar) in the Portuguese capital. We are talking about the Ascensor da Bica, which allows you to climb one of the steepest hills in the Portuguese capital, from the Bica district to Calçada do Combro, right at the beginning of the iconic Bairro Alto. Santa Catarina Viewpoint is also camera friendly, offering you a magnificent view of Lapa and Madragoa and where you can also admire the Tagus River, the 25 de Abril Bridge and Cristo Rei de Almada.
On Garret Street, one of the most famous in the capital, is the connection between Largo do Chiado and Carmo Street. There is also A Brasileira cafe and the much-photographed statue of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Undoubtedly, anyone who passes through Chiado will have to go through here!
There is really a lot to visit in this area. We also highlight the Church of São Roque, Luís de Camões Square, Vellas Loreto House, or Luvaria Ulisses.
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