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Atlas Obscura ‘The Wedding of the Hen’

Tiles are deeply steeped into the Portuguese cultural fabric. Decorating palatial buildings, humble houses, church façades, and public walls, tiles are ubiquitous in Portugal. This tradition dates back to the 13th century, when the Moor conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

The Portuguese word for tile, azulejo, comes from the Arabic word الزليج (al-zellij), which refers to polished stones used for mosaics. In line with Moorish aesthetic sensibilities, the earliest examples of Portuguese tiles exhibit geometric patterns, but the art of tiling evolved through the centuries, undergoing radical changes.   

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Atlas Obscura 2017
The World’s Oldest Still Operational Bookstore

Opened in 1732, this Lisbon bookshop is a longstanding hub for Portuguese writers and intellectuals.

Atlas Obscura 2022
House-Museum of Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves

Discover House-Museum of Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves in Lisbon, Portugal: After the owner of this Art Nouveau home died, it was turned into a museum displaying a lifetime dedicated to art.

Brutalism 1970
Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Atlas Obscura 2010
Carmo Convent Ruins

Discover Carmo Convent Ruins in Lisbon, Portugal: Legacy of the earthquake that nearly wiped Lisbon off the face of the Earth.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Museu da Marioneta (Museum of Puppetry)

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Atlas Obscura 2019
The Cold Greenhouse

Discover Estufa Fria in Lisbon, Portugal: This once-forgotten oasis in the middle of Lisbon was first created over a century ago quite by accident.

Atlas Obscura 2013
Bordallo Pinheiro Garden

Discover Bordallo Pinheiro Garden in Lisbon, Portugal: A garden in Lisbon filled with giant porcelain creations.

Brutalism 1971
Edifício Caleidoscópio
Atlas Obscura 2019
Panorâmico de Monsanto

Discover Panorâmico de Monsanto in Lisbon, Portugal: This now abandoned restaurant provides some of the most amazing views of Lisboa.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Hospital de Bonecas

Discover Hospital de Bonecas in Lisbon, Portugal: Catering to broken dolls for almost 200 years, this repair shop is now a charnel house of doll parts.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Livraria Simão

Discover Livraria Simão in Lisbon, Portugal: One of the smallest bookstores on the planet.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Church Sagrado Coração

Discover Church Sagrado Coração in Lisbon, Portugal: Tucked away inside this concrete building is a church and its grand display of brutalist architecture.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Museu do Fado

Discover Museu do Fado in Lisbon, Portugal: An unassuming music museum recounts the rags to riches story of a dramatic Portuguese genre.

Igreja do Sagrado Coração de Jesus
Wikipedia Landmark
Santa Apolónia railway station

The Santa Apolónia Station is the oldest railway terminus in Portugal. Situated in the civil parish of São Vicente, in the central part of the municipality of Lisbon, on the northern margin of the Tagus River in the historical district of Alfama.

Atlas Obscura 2019
History of Lisbon Mural

Discover History of Lisbon Mural in Lisbon, Portugal: Hidden beneath a beautiful overlook you’ll find the history of the city depicted in comic strip format next to a pay toilet.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation

Discover Arpad

Atlas Obscura 2018
Conserveira de Lisboa

Discover Conserveira de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal: The best place in the world to buy canned fish.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Church of Santa Engrácia

Discover Church of Santa Engrácia in Lisbon, Portugal: Portugal's National Pantheon has a history of curses, collapses and financial problems.

Wikipedia Landmark
25 de Abril Bridge

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus river. It has a total length of 2,277 metres , making it the 46th longest suspension bridge in …

Brutalism 1956
Offices and Museum of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Atlas Obscura 2022
Casa Fernando Pessoa

Discover Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon, Portugal: A museum dedicated to one of Portugal's most celebrated writers.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Santa Justa Lift

Discover Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon, Portugal: This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills.”.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Museu da Farmácia

Discover Museu da Farmácia in Lisboa, Portugal:.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Pavilhão Chinês

Discover Pavilhão Chinês in Lisbon, Portugal: Ring the bell to enter a bar that looks equal parts museum and old curiosity shop.

Audio Guide
Audio Guide
Atlas Obscura 2018
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Discover Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal: One man's remarkable private collection of art from around the world.

Atlas Obscura 2019
This Charming Candle Shop Has Been Open Since 1789

Business at Caza das Vellas Loreto has yet to burn out.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Casa dos Bicos

Discover Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon, Portugal: This unique architectural wonder is also tied to one of the 20th-century's most renowned writers.

Atlas Obscura 2017
A Portuguese Serial Killer’s Head in a Jar

It is alarmingly well preserved at the University of Lisbon.

Edificio Winterthur (today: Liberty Seguros)
Brutalism 1962
Lisbon Palace of Justice (Palacío de Justiça de Lisboa)
Wikipedia Landmark
Gare do Oriente

Gare do Oriente , or alternately, the Lisbon Oriente Station is one of the main Portuguese intermodal transport hubs, and is situated in the civil parish of Parque das Nações, municipality of Lisbon.

Atlas Obscura 2021
National Museum of Ancient Art

Discover National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, Portugal: This little-known national museum houses over 40,000 works of art from across the world.

Wikipedia Landmark
São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle is a historic castle in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, located in the freguesia of Santa Maria Maior. Human occupation of the castle hill dates to at least the 8th century BC while the first fortifications built date from the 1st ce…

Atlas Obscura 2020
Seashell Gallery

Discover Seashell Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal: In the Monastery of São Vicente resides a gallery devoted to a breathtaking collection of seashells.