Whether one lives in the Baixa district or whether they are simply visiting for a period of time, there are some places they absolutely should add to the list of things to do while here.
Whether they love the city life of a large European metropolis, or have an interest in the traditional architecture, the Baixa district of the city of Lisbon is a perfect place for everyone.
The Santa Justa Lift
Travel from the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo and to the ruins of the Carmo church by the Elevator de Santa Justa. This masterpiece of architecture is a lift from the early 20th century that had originally been built in order to help the locals navigate the hilly streets of the city of Lisbon.
Adorned with the neo-gothic arches and stylish geometric patterns, this vertically designed lift has been built in the year of 1902. During this time period, wrought iron was a popular material both for the purposes of construction and art. It is an impressive forty five meters – one hundred and forty eight feet – high and one can take in the astonishing views of the city of Lisbon from the viewpoint located at the top.
Visit The Oldest Bookshop in The World
Even if one is not a bookworm, a trip to the oldest bookshop in the world is a must. The Livraria Bertrand bookstore lies right in the heart of the downtown of the city of Lisbon, the Baixa district, and it has been open since the year of 1732. In spite of the fact that it had closed down for a short period of time after the earthquake that had struck the city of Lisbon in 1755, it has been a popular place to visit ever since it opened its doors for the first time.
To make it easier to navigate, the bookstore has been split into several different sections. There are areas with books for sale in either Portuguese or English, with friendly and professional staff on hand to help visitors find exactly what they are looking for.