Thursday, 18 October 2012

buttons abroad lisboa: elevador de santa justa and MNAC- museu do chiado

It's Thursday, and Thursdays are for travel, which means its time for a Buttons Abroad post. If your not a fan of museums then you may want to click here and see Sita twirling around instead.

Lisbon is a very hilly place. The Santa Justa Elevator is basically a lift that connects the lower streets with a higher street, and has somehow become a tourist attraction. We had read many warnings regarding pickpockets in Lisbon, especially with regards to the elevator and the notorious Tram 28, so we decided to go bright and early to avoid the crowds. And it was rather a good thing we did because we only had to wait for a few minutes before we went up.

At the top there are pleasant views over Rossio square to your left, Baixa district and down towards the River Tagus to your right, and over the Alfama district in front. If you buy a travelcard/daypass with the Carris bus company you can ride the lift for free with the pass. However once you get to the top you have to pay an extra Euro I believe to climb the stairs to the very top.

Both of us definitely enjoy history and ancient art in like we were talking about last week. Modern art to be honest (and rememeber this is our opinion) is not really our cup of tea. However post the Santa Justa Elevator which took all of 10 minutes. We had a few hours to kill, as it was a Sunday and none of the shops had yet open plus it was in the area so we wondered the narrowed streets holding our big paper map like typical tourists until we stumbled upon Museu National de Arte Contemporanea (Museu do Chiado).

But to our surprise it was rather interesting. The exhibition  (which will be running until 28/10/12) was on the art deco period in Portugal from 1912 to 1960. The exhibition was divided across 4-5 sections beginning with the origins of art-deco and followings it's journey through the years. There were examples of sculptures, drawings as well advertising and magazine covers. The works of Almada Negreiros, Eduardo Viana and António Soares was heavily featured in the exhibitions. To conclude the exhibition provided a great insight into the Portuguese art deco period. Definitely worth a wonder if this is something that interests you.

Upon leaving the museum we spent the rest of the day having a wonder around the baixa/chiado area, which was full of shops and cafes. We even managed to get a picture with the bronze Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) statue! He is a famous poet and writer and in his honour they built the statue outside the cafe which he visited regularly. The architecture in the area is great. Shops and houses are built in the pombaline style, post the 1755 earthquake (Great Lisbon earthquake).

Sita & Radha xoxo 


  1. Lovely photos ! :)

  2. Interesting place!

  3. Lovely Blog, start following both on GFC (#323) and BLOGLOVIN (#41), hope you'll follow back on both! xoxo

  4. Lisbon looks amazing, we've always heard good things about the city!

  5. Amazing photos!! :)

    xo - Sheila

  6. wow looks great! i love to travel
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    share the feeling
    visit <3

  7. Beautiful look , I like pictures kisses

  8. Great pics!!!!

  9. Amazing photos, looks like such a lovely trip!

    XO, Imke

  10. awesome shots dear! bet it was a fun trip! <3

    Letters To Juliet

  11. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pictures.....sooo enjoyable!!!


  12. If I ever get to visit these places, now I know who to contact :) in order to get some good knowledge...

  13. Great Travel photos.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. were in my country!! I'm very happy you liked it that much :))
    Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you're having a nice day and have a wonderful weekend<3


    "Saúde & Beleza - Health & Beauty"

    1. We had a fun time Maria! Have a lovely weekend yourself :) xx

  17. Lisbon look like a truly beautiful city to visit! It is even awesome that it has a "elevator" in the town hehe, reminds me a lot of Budapest the city has it too

    The Young Bridget Jones

    1. An outdoor elevator is rather random but pretty cool! Ohh would love to visit Budapest!

  18. I'm so glad you liked Portugal :)
    We are in a bad economical situation, but Portugal it's a really pretty country!
    I really like your blog, I'm following :)
    Big Kisses!


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