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Lisbon is the capital and most renowned city of Portugal in Western Europe. The feels and looks of Lisbon may confuse you in the first days of your visit. It is unusually calm, easy-going and provincially looking for a big European capital. But soon the confusion will be replaced by sympathy and love as this wonderful city is a place that you do not wish to leave. The city of Lisbon was an important center for centuries and this is still visible in the oldest buildings that survived the the Great Earthquake of 1755, which was followed by a tidal wave and fire. Nevertheless this event was followed by frantic rebuilding that resulted in many impressive new palaces and churches, as well as the street grid pattern spanning the seven hills of Lisbon. In modern times the city is known for several major events that took part in the last years: in 1994, when it was proclaimed European City of Culture, followed by the World Expo in 1998, in 2004 Lisbon hosted the European Football Championships and the prestigious MTV Europe Music Awards in 2005. When visiting Lisbon we would recommend that you come prepared for healthy sightseeing by foot, as it is not small, but the city is walkable and you will enjoy it very much. Nevertheless there is a vast network of public transportation at very affordable prices, and numberless cafe-shops and taverns that will help you in the quest of knowing this remarkable city. It is recommendable to split the city in several interesting areas and to visit an area a day. Major landmarks that you should visit are some of Portugal's golden age buildings that survived the quake – the Castelo de São Jorge and the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belém. Other landmarks are Alfama District (the old town), Antiga Confeitaria de Belém traditional cafe, the art museums Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Gulbenkian, National Coach Museum and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Contemporary sights include nightlife spots like Bairro Alto and Lux club and modern architectural sides like the Expo site - the Parque das Nações and the new and Europe’s longest suspension bridge. And don't forget - there are tons more of attractions, activities and interesting places to see in Lisbon, visit them and write here at HolidayStreets.com about their beauty and mystery!