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T+L's Guide to Lisbon

On the hilltop Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo, near Lisbon’s São Jorge castle.

Photo: José Bernad

Sights

The latest addition to Belém’s sprawling Cultural Center, the Museu Coleccão Berardo, opened in June 2007 and houses a 1,000-plus inventory of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and videos dating from 1909 (Picasso) to 2005 (Luc Tuymans). Across the square, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos offers a glimpse of early-16th-century Lisbon. Built in the ornate Manueline style to celebrate King Manuel I’s Avis-Beja dynasty, the monastery’s gabled limestone façade stretches the length of the square. Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings of Fábrica Braço de Prata, in the docklands between Beato and the site of the 1998 Expo, deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of exposition rooms, a cinema, a bar and café, a bookstore, and a courtyard hosting concerts. The Saturday-at-midnight Fado is a must.

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