Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Top 5 – Sé Catedral

Built in the second half of the twelfth century, the Sé Catedral (Lisbon Cathedral), is one of the most important landmarks of Lisbon.  

Constructed after Dom Afonso Henriques had taken Lisbon from the Moors, it stands on the site once occupied by the city’s main mosque. The Romanesque building that we see today is a mix of various architectural styles due to the various renovations that occurred after the earthquakes.

The cathedral is also an important archeological site, the excavation made to reinforce the buildings foundation allowed new finds beneath the cloister.

These are the 5 top spots not to miss when you’re visiting the Sé Catedral:

1 – Cloister
The Gothic cloister, with some of its decoration anticipating the Manueline style, can be reached through one of the ambulatory’s chapels.

2 – Bell towers
These stocky towers – defining features of the construction – echo those of Coimbra’s cathedral, built a few years earlier by Frei Roberto.

3 – St. Anthony’s Font
Tradition states that St. Anthony was baptized in this font, which now bears a tile panel of the Saint preaching to the fishes.

4 – Archeological Finds
Remains left by Moors, Visigoths, Romans and Phoenicians have been found during the cloister’s excavation.

5 – Rose Window
Reconstructed with fragments from its original, the rose window softens the façade, but unfortunately lets in only a limited quantity of light.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Jazz Duet

The Avenida Palace Music Program continues!

Today, we invite you to a voice and piano duet, featuring Maria Garret and Vicente Valentim, the perfect soundtrack for a late afternoon drink.

As usual the performance will take place at the Palace Lounge at 7 p.m., the time is subject to confirmation and the entrance is free.

See You.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Belem Tower – 500 years

There are plenty of guide books about Lisbon and I’m sure that in all of them it is mentioned that this is a monument not to be missed, when visiting the city.

Belem has the highest concentration of touristic sights within 500 meters, the Jerónimos Monastery, the National Coach Museum, the Discoveries Monument and of course the Belem Tower.

The Belem Tower is celebrating its 500th anniversary. A construction ordered by King Manuel I, and built as a defense mechanism for the Tagus estuary is now one of the most historic and important national symbols.

In 2015, to celebrate this unique date, a series of events will take place. In January, the Monument hosts the “Talk on Belem Tower” cycle which is complemented by the “Magnificent and Beautiful Tower” exhibit, focusing on the history of the Tower and the surrounding area.

A series of exhibition panels telling the history of this monument will be placed next to the Belem Tower and the Discoveries Monument.
Be part of history.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Your selfie at the Palace

There is a new reason to visit Lisbon and the Avenida Palace. Tomorrow, the contest #palacelisbon begins.

The proposal is for the Guest to take a selfie in one of our common areas and share it on Instagram, using the #palacelisbon, Facebook on the page of the event and Twitter through @avenidapalace.

The contest will be live from January 15th to February 15th and the prize is, imagine what, a free night stay at the Avenida Palace, to be used during this year.

The Hotel Management will make the selection, considering criteria such as creativity, originality and the chosen site.

So, come, stay with us and participate in our first competition and win your “ticket” to return.