Tell me how monks give comfort to sailors
Lisbon Travel Blog› entry 6 of 25 › view all entries
September 8th, 2009 – by: alexchan
One of the highlights of Lisbon is Sintra, located about 45 minutes out of town. It has an Moorish castle plus a few villas and palaces dotted around the unusually green hilly landscape. Due to the distance and topography, it is essentially to get around these sights by bus ... and that itself is rather hair-raising since they use a full-size bus on very windy narrow roads.
I find it rather odd that the Arabs were here building a fort-and-castle but (not at the same time) the Crusaders were doing likewise down in the Levant!
The other major sight in Lisbon is in Belem, a few kilometres away from the city centre. Much of the sights here are from the days of the Portuguese explorers in the 1500s ... there's the Jeronimos Monastery to house the monks who would give comfort to the sailors (says the guidebook, but how I wonder!) and the Torre de Belem which is a very ornate tower to mark the glory of their navigational successes.
In fact, everything here is very ornate ... I would have said it was Gothic but I cannot find the black lipstick and black eye makeup.
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