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Local testimonials

Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos

Plastic Artist

Lisbon

Joana Vasconcelos (artist)
I believe that knowing other people and cultures; by establishing similarities and differences between the Portuguese way of looking at the world and the visions of other cultures, has been a fundamental ingredient for my creations. Still, despite the fascination I feel when visiting some cities, it would be difficult to exchange Lisbon for any other. The proximity of the river and its estuary, as well as the magnificent view from the Castle of São Jorge, are reasons enough to claim Lisbon as one of my favorite cities.
But it is in Belém that I find the supreme uniqueness of Lisbon. There I highlight one of the richest and most interesting architectural collections in the world. I look back and consider the age of discovery as a source of pride and motivation, but also as an area for deeper investigation. In my intervention "The Jewel of the Tagus", I had the privilege to create a necklace on the scale of the Belém Tower, inspired by national baroque jewelery, but using nautical objects, to reflect the current national identity. It is this dialogue and confrontation that interests me, especially in a place with such an admirable riverside atmosphere and an unique urban and cultural combination as exists in Belém.


Recommendations

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

(15133)

Given its outstanding location, a highlight of the Castelo de São Jorge is its many viewpoints affording majestic and unparalleled views of Lisbon.


Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

Discover the south bank of the Tagus. In this large area, decide what you want to find and set off in search of nature, close to Lisbon, in the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo.


Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém

(20508)

UNESCO World Heritage, a cornerstone of Portuguese identity and an icon of a country historically moulded by its proximity to the ocean and its maritime discoveries of new worlds.


Monument to the Discoveries

Monument to the Discoveries

(5647)

One of the most recent monuments in Lisbon is an ode to the history of Portugal. Come and visit it and make your own discoveries.


Centro Cultural de Belém

Centro Cultural de Belém

(289)

Visit one of Lisbon’s most interesting cultural centres. With one of the best modern art collections in the Museu Coleção Berardo, the CCB is fully equipped to please.


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