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45 interesting facts about Prague

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Prague is a storehouse of everything interesting and unusual. As befits a modern city with a rich past, it knows how to surprise not only tourists but also local residents.

 

The population of Prague is 1.3 million people and at the moment it closes the twenty largest cities in Europe, and in Eastern Europe, it ranks 8th (after Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Minsk, Budapest, Kharkiv, Bucharest, and Warsaw). The official date of the foundation of Prague is 880, so the age of Prague is 1138 years.

 

We have prepared a list of 45 little-known facts about Prague that we found interesting. So let's go!

 

Interesting facts about Prague

 

 

1. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most visited cities by tourists.

 

2. Amazing and charming ancient city of Prague. Many cities in different countries are similar to each other, but here you can feel the atmosphere that is not found anywhere else.

 

3. This is a truly unique city. And it is unique in that it has retained its historical appearance, having passed through the centuries.

 

4. By the way, the modern authorities carefully take care that Prague does not turn into another faceless metropolis. If you remove cars and advertising from the Prague streets, you can be transported 200 years ago, once there.

 

5. The city of Prague is the world capital of Gothic architecture. This traditional architecture, Gothic cathedrals, stone-paved squares - all this is found here in absolutely amazing combinations.

 

6. Prague was founded in 880, and the settlements of the Slavs on its territory have been known since about the 6th century.

 

7.Prague has been the capital of the Czech state since the 10th century, since 1526 the main city of Bohemia, since 1918 the capital of Czechoslovakia and since 1993 the capital of the Czech Republic.

 

 

8. There are about a thousand towers and turrets in Prague, if you count municipal buildings, ancient fortresses, and private houses. Therefore, it uses the unofficial title of the "city of towers".

 

9. But the virtues of Prague do not end with architecture alone. In Prague, you can find not only a huge number of palaces, churches, parks and squares, but also taste delicious Czech beer and food, as this city is famous for its huge number of cafes and restaurants with delicious national cuisine.

 

10. Prague's Allegro restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel was the first in post-communist Eastern Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. This happened not so long ago - in 2008.

 

11. Prague owes its recognizable appearance to a number of laws designed to preserve the appearance of the city. So, it is forbidden to install satellite dishes on the roofs and facades of houses here.

 

12. It is also forbidden to install modern PVC windows on facades instead of classic wooden ones.

 

13. More than half of the houses in Prague (56%) are below 10 meters. Of these, 60% are two-story. The passage between some of the houses in Prague is approximately 70-80 centimeters wide.

 

14. Traffic lights are installed on the roads of the city, but not to regulate the movement of cars, but to coordinate the walks of pedestrians.

 

METRO IN PRAGUE

 

15. The Prague metro station Náměstí Míru is the deepest station in the EU. It is located at a depth of 53 meters, and the escalator that connects it to the surface is 87 meters long. And the longest escalator in the world is located in Russia - St. Petersburg, at the Admiralteyskaya station - 137 meters.

 

16. The metro in Prague was built according to the technologies developed in the USSR and with the involvement of Soviet specialists.

 

17. The length of the longest street in Prague (Strakonická) is 15.5 kilometers, and the shortest (Jiřího Červeného) is only 27 meters.

 

18. The city has the narrowest house in the world, only 225 centimeters wide. You can find it on Anezka Street.

 

TV TOWER IN PRAGUE

 

19. Prague TV Tower is the tallest building in the whole country. Many Czechs also call it the ugliest building.

 

20. Under the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, Prague was the most powerful city in Europe.

 

21. The oldest Czech glass factory is located in Prague. It was built in 1414, it is still working and continues to produce the best examples in the world.

 

22. The highest natural point in Prague is the Teleček hill, 399 meters above sea level.

 

23. The main water artery of Prague - the Vltava River makes a significant contribution to the picturesque panorama of the city, but often brings a lot of trouble to its inhabitants.

 

24. Quite large floods occur regularly in Prague. In 2002, Prague suffered the worst flooding in 500 years due to the massive flooding of the Vltava River.

 

25. It is curious that it was in Prague that the world's first sobering-up station appeared. This happened in 1951. The first client of the Prague sobering-up station was a drunken Soviet sailor.

 

26. Prague clearly knows how to make long-term architectural projects. The Cathedral of St. Vitus located here was built almost 6 centuries.

 

ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL

 

27. St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the most unusual buildings in Prague.

 

28. On the day of the summer solstice during sunset, you can see an interesting phenomenon - the sun sets behind St. Vitus Cathedral and the last ray touches the part of the cathedral where the relics of the saint are buried.

 

29. Near the Gergeta brick factory in Prague, the so-called pissing statues are installed, jets of water do not just pour out of them, but under the guidance of special computers, quotes from the inhabitants of Prague are written on the walls.

 

30. Pneumatic mail operated in Prague for more than a century. It was put into operation in 1899 and consisted of 26 lines with a total length of 55 kilometers.

 

CHARLES BRIDGE IN PRAGUE

 

31. Prague pneumatic post - the world's last surviving urban system for moving postal items under the action of rarefied or compressed air. It was damaged in 2002, but they want to restore it again.

 

32. The status of the planet Pluto was deprived by the International Astronomical Union during a conference held in Prague in 2006.

 

33. Approximately 40% of couples who come on vacation to Prague also play a wedding there.

 

HOUSE OF FAUST

 

34. There is a legendary house in Prague, in which, according to legend, the famous warlock Faust lived. Tourist excursions are willingly led here. In fact, a house is like a house, there is nothing special about it.

 

35. It was here that the very first biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was published. It was published in 1798 by a friend of the great composer 7 years after his death.

 

36. František Xavier Nemeček, Professor of Philosophy and Pedagogy at Charles University, published a book entitled "The Life of Imperial-Royal Kapellmeister Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart".

 

37. It is known that Prague women visit libraries two and a half times more often than men.

 

38. Every year, each resident of Prague drinks an average of 155 liters of beer, which is the largest per capita in the world.

 

39. There is a version that Adolf Hitler was so impressed by the beauty of Prague that during the Second World War he forbade bombing it.

 

40. For a quarter of a century, two funiculars existed in Prague at the same time.

 

PRAGUE CASTLE

 

41. Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world.

 

42. Some of the episodes of the world famous children's cartoon "Tom and Jerry" were drawn in the cartoon studio "Brothers in Tricks" in Prague.

 

43. In one of the buildings of the Prague complex "Clementinum" is the oldest weather station in the Czech Republic. It was discovered in 1752, and since 1755 it has been conducting regular and continuous observations, which is a world record.

 

44. In the list of the most visited European cities by Russian tourists, Prague ranks fourth, following Rome, Barcelona and Paris

 

45. Prague is the city that is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

 

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20-things-you-shouldnt-do-in-different-countries-according-to-reddit-users

When traveling to different countries, do not forget that the inhabitants of these countries can, and most likely will be, different from you and me and from each other. In other words, the inhabitants of France differ from the inhabitants of Holland (not only in language, but also in culture, habits and, of course, cuisine), and the Icelanders are completely different in their habits, culture and behavior from, say, the Japanese.

 

Residents of different countries told what tourists should not do at their homes

 

Therefore, do not be surprised that the locals will advise you at first glance strange things. Just take note - they know better! So here are 20 tips from Reddit users who want to tell you something!

 

1. Do not litter in nature reserves

 

Canada is here! Please do not litter in our reserves. — Drifty_Canadian

 

2. Do not pester with conversations and keep at least one meter of personal space

 

Finland, if you're wondering: don't talk so damn much. Don't sit close to people.

 

Maintain at least one meter of personal space. Leave no tip. Don't bargain. Just be quiet. Drink more. — Anomuumitar

 

3. Don't pet the kangaroo

 

Australia: Just don't go near and pet a kangaroo in the wild. They will beat the hell out of you! —Tronspecial15

 

4. Don't go to Temple Bar

 

Dublin, Ireland: Don't Go to Temple Bar! Tourists always stop to ask for directions... I try to tell them that there are nicer and much less expensive places, but since all the guidebooks tell them that this is a place worth visiting, they don't want to listen to me either. — Gwendilater

 

5. Don't Annoy the Royal Guard

 

United Kingdom: Don't feud with Her Majesty's Guard. They have every right to take action if you provoke them. — Snuggle proof

 

6. Do not get out of the car and do not approach the police when you are stopped

 

USA: Do not get out of your car or approach a police officer when you are stopped by the police unless you are ordered to. — TheBassMeister

 

7. Don't drive everywhere!

 

Iceland: Just because you've watched Top Gear, don't think you can go wherever you want! In fact, this probably applies to most of the countries that Top Gear has visited. — vadlaheidi

 

8. Don't Go to the Beach Without Sunscreen

 

Australia: Don't visit our beaches without first applying sunscreen. Wear clothing and polarized sunglasses. We have the highest skin cancer rate in the world due to the strong UV radiation in the summer. Also don't swim with your clothes on - you will drown. — halfcastaussie

 

9. Don't buy maple syrup at the first stall you see.

 

Quebec is here, well, Canada: don't buy maple syrup at the first stall you come across, it will be too expensive. Just go to the grocery store and you'll save big. — OneManYordleGang

 

10. Don't go to favelas (slums)

 

Brazil: Don't go to favelas (slums), usually not for people who don't live there. Even the worst locals don't go there without someone who knows someone or lives there. I honestly don't understand why so many tourists want to go to the worst part of the country. — theChaos77

 

11. Be careful when hailing a taxi

 

Poland: be careful when hailing a taxi at the airport/railway station. Most guys will try to pick off foreigners. — Wu-TangLAN

 

12. Never get off the bus without looking both ways.

 

Denmark: Don't get off the bus without looking both ways. Almost all bus stops have a bike path between the sidewalk and the road. This means that if you just get off the bus as soon as you get to your stop, you will be run over by a man on a steel contraption moving at a very dangerous speed. This can be a bloody, expensive, and very embarrassing moment.

 

The same applies to when you need to get on the bus. Don't just walk up to it and jump: look both ways before crossing the bike lane.

 

13. Never criticize the BBC or NHS

 

UK: Never, Never! Don't criticize the BBC or the NHS.

 

This is ours! We can complain all we want because we pay for it. And we love to complain too. This is our unofficial national sport.

 

You are just a guest - if you ever need to use the BBC or the NHS, you should not complain about it! — StuHardy

 

14. Don't discuss your political views with anyone.

 

USA: Tell someone your political views and they will never treat you the same way whether they agree with you or not. — CarrieDune

 

15. Don't mention anything German

 

Netherlands: Please don't say that we are in some way like the Germans. We are not like them. We are not like them at all! We just don't mention anything German!

 

Also, don't walk on the bike path and don't feed the pigeons! Yes, smoking in public places is okay, but don't do it in crowded places or when children are around. — Maklo_Never_Forget

 

16. Don't sit in a pub waiting for someone to serve you.

 

United Kingdom: Don't sit at a pub table and wait for someone to come and take your order.

 

The reason why? They just won't do it! — Brickie78

 

17. Don't try to hug people or shake hands.

 

Japan: stop being stereotyped. Don't mention the war. Don't try to hug/shake people's hands. Keep order!

 

18. Never kiss in public

 

India: You can urinate, but you can't kiss in public. — Kamalnathan

 

19. Don't tip

 

South Korea: Tipping is acceptable in some restaurants but is generally considered rude and demeaning. — Shinters

 

20. Don't wear camouflage/military clothing

 

Barbados: Do not wear camouflage clothing. - apophis-pegasus

 

 

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When you know the answer to something no one else in the room does, it makes you feel like a genius. So, if you're a fan of the little things, want your next night to be memorable, or just love learning new things that no one else knows about, you've come to the right place. You never know when you'll need to pull those facts, which is part of the fun. So, we invite you to play with us and check out our list of random facts.

 

Is there any useless information? Never. All those little random, interesting, funny, scary facts, or did you know that the facts you store in your brain exist for a reason and are sure to come in handy someday...even if it's just for you to could beat your best dude or surprise a bored toddler on a family field trip. Just in case you don't have enough information cluttering your brain, here are some more fun, interesting, or just plain fun tidbits to keep on hand.

 

Interesting and funny facts about animals

 

1. The fur of polar bears is actually clean, and their skin is black.

 

2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.

 

3. A woodpecker's tongue actually wraps around its brain completely, protecting it from damage when it hits a tree.

 

4. The shrimp's heart is in its head.

 

5. Elephants suck their trunks for convenience.

 

6. Anteaters have no teeth.

 

7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadrupeds, and they are always identical.

 

8. Wombat poop is cube shaped.

 

9. A flock of flamingos is called brightness.

 

 

10. Hippos and horses are actually distant relatives.

 

11. All clown fish are born male.

 

12. In the UK, the Queen legally owns all unmarked swans.

 

13. In order not to disperse, sea otters hold hands during sleep.

 

14. Goats have an accent.

 

15. Dolphins give each other names.

 

16. Gorillas can catch a cold, although you can probably still go to the zoo with a runny nose.

 

17. Forget bald eagles. The turkey was once almost called the national bird.

 

 

18. A group of owls is called a parliament.

 

19. There are 32 muscles in a cat's ear.

 

20. Snails can regenerate their eyes.

 

21. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or a girl? Listen carefully! Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.

 

22. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

 

23. French poodles are actually from Germany.

 

 

24. Seahorses mate for life and are often seen telling each other stories.

 

25. A group of porcupines is called a thorn.

 

26. Andrew Jackson's parrot had to be removed from his funeral because he wouldn't stop swearing. Polly wants to rinse her mouth.

 

27. Sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.

 

Interesting and funny historical facts

 

28. Henry VIII knighted all four of his Grooms of the Chair - the men in charge of wiping his ass for him.

 

29. Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress four years before women could vote.

 

30. Women could not apply for a bank loan until 1974.

 

31. Before the invention of modern artificial teeth, dentures were usually made from the teeth of dead soldiers.

 

32. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so that flies would fly to them instead of the pharaoh.

 

33. It was once considered blasphemous to use a fork.

 

34. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bartender. Maybe they should call him Abe of all trades.

 

35. George Washington owned a whiskey distillery.

 

 

36. More than two percent of the American population died during the civil war.

 

37. Joseph Stalin removed people from photographs after their death or dismissal from office.

 

38. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with everything necessary for making tea.

 

39. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he thought Satan was using black cats. His statement led to the mass extermination of cats.

 

40. The absence of cats led to an invasion of rats, which led to the spread of the plague.

 

50. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

 

51. Go to sleep! Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Challenger explosion are all linked to lack of sleep.

 

Interesting and funny travel facts

 

52. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.

 

53. Although the Wright brothers are known as a couple, they actually flew together only once. They promised their father that they would always fly separately.

 

54. In Montana, there are three times more cows than people.

 

55. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made from sticky rice.

 

56. Ninety percent of the world's population lives above the equator.

 

57. There are more saunas in Finland than cars.

 

58. Sixty percent of the world's lakes (three million in total) are located in Canada.

 

59. Virginia is the only state that has the same staff flower and staff tree - Dogwood.

 

 

60. Think before the season. In Egypt, it is considered incredibly rude to salt the food you have been served.

 

61. Ninety percent of the territory of Libya is desert.

 

62. The height of the Eiffel Tower can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.

 

63. Do you spend too much on drinks when you eat out? A small town in Italy has a fountain that serves free wine.

 

64. Pilots and their co-pilots should eat differently before the flight so that both of them do not get sick with food poisoning.

 

65. About 600 Parisians work on the Eiffel Tower every day.

 

66. Do you want to go to Rome? Which one of? Six of the seven continents have a city called Rome. (You really fell, Antarctica.)

 

67. When you visit Key West, you are actually closer to Havana than Miami.

 

Interesting and fun facts about music

 

68. Mary, known as "Mary Had the Lamb", was a real person and the song is based on real events.

 

69. Happy Birthday was the first song ever played on Mars. Mars Rover Curiosity played this song to itself on its first anniversary on the planet.

 

70. When you listen to music, your heart is in sync with the beat.

 

71. President Nixon was an accomplished musician. He played five instruments, including the accordion.

 

72. Is the song stuck in your head? This is called an earworm.

 

73. None of The Beatles could read music.

 

74. However, George Harrison was reportedly able to play 26 instruments.

 

 

75. Barry Manilow didn't actually write I Write Songs.

 

76. Metallica is the only band to play on all seven continents.

 

77. Most department stores tend to play music slower to slow down shoppers and make them shop longer. The reverse is true for restaurants.

 

78. Monaco's orchestra is bigger than its army.

 

79. A concert promoter once sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert in Hawaii that were never booked. Maybe that's where the idea for Fyre Fest came from.

 

80. Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn't play the guitar.

 

 

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The island of Rhodes belonging to Greece is not only an extremely popular place among tourists, but also a real paradise for lovers of history and ancient Greek culture. A great many ancient monuments, monuments and other buildings of the ancient Greeks have been perfectly preserved here, which will never leave an inquisitive tourist indifferent.

 

Most of the interesting facts about Rhodes are connected with the myths and monuments of Ancient Greece. Any guide to the island will attest to this. We propose to dig deeper and find out what else attracts travelers to this amazing place. The Mediterranean pearl, Rhodes, rightfully bears the title of the most beautiful of the islands of Greece.

 

It is located in the south of the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago. The mild tropical climate and picturesque nature attract tourists from all over the world all year round. And for lovers of ancient history, this is just a real gift. What else do you need to know about the island, going there?

 

Facts about Rhodes

 

 

1. The city of Rhodes is a pearl and one of the largest historical centers of Greece.

 

2. This ancient port is located in the north of the island of the same name, on the coast of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

 

3. The ancient city of Rhodes is considered one of the most unique corners of Hellas, the main city of the Dodecanese Islands and the center of the island of the same name.

 

4. The first settlements appeared here several millennia BC. e. This is evidenced by archaeological finds.

 

5. Rhodes is one of the most ancient cities on the planet. Historians call 408 BC the date of the founding of Rhodes ... According to Greek legend, the ancient Telchin magicians were the discoverers of the island. They were endowed with magical powers and were excellent blacksmiths. The magicians gave the sword to the god Kron and the Trident to the sea lord Poseidon. Despite the gifts, the grandchildren of Poseidon drove the wizards off the island.

 

6. The history of Rhodes is replete with interesting facts, fascinating events and sights, some of which have survived to this day, and some have remained only in legends.

 

7. It was in this policy of Ancient Greece that the famous Kolos of Rhodes was located - one of the 7 wonders of the world. In 226 BC. e. As a result of the earthquake, the city was almost completely destroyed, and the world-famous landmark was wiped off the face of the earth.

 

8. Finally, the city fell into decay 170 years after the death of Caesar.

 

 

9. Convenient geographical position attracted the attention of Byzantium to Rhodes. Between the 4th and 14th centuries, the old city was a naval base and a strategically important port, the capital of the Theme of Kivirreota.

 

10. Since 1309 Rhodes was ruled by the Order of the Knights, in 1522 the Ottomans captured the Greek land, and at the beginning of the 20th century the Italians ruled here.

 

11. As a result of this, modern Greece has received a unique city that combines the features of antiquity, Byzantine style, baroque and gothic, a cultural capital and a powerful military base.

 

12. During its history, the city of Rhodes has been subjected to strong earthquakes several times. So, in 515, he lost almost half of the territory, and after the disaster of 1481, there were practically no ancient temples left in the city.

 

13. The city of Rhodes in antiquity earned itself prestige in the trading circles of the Mediterranean, as evidenced by the surviving records.

 

14. During the V-IV centuries BC. e. Rhodes was known for its political struggle between democracy and the oligarchs, several times power passed from the people to the owners of great wealth.

 

15. The heyday of the city falls on the III-II centuries BC. e., when a stadium, numerous temples, a theater, fortifications, sewerage and water supply were built.

 

16. Not everyone, even an ancient city, can simultaneously boast one of the 7 wonders of the world, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an abundance of ancient monuments.

 

 

17. The entire territory of the Island of Rhodes and the city of the same name is filled with sights, stories and legends, dating back to the Neolithic times. But especially many events occurred in the period of antiquity and the Middle Ages.

 

18. The city was founded by people from the island policies of Kamir, Ialis and Lind. This event took place in 408 BC.

 

19. Due to its convenient geographical position, ancient Rhodes in the Mediterranean became a major center of transit trade. According to historical data, earlier there were as many as 5 ports in the city. However, only three of them have been located so far.

 

20. Medieval Rhodes got its interesting facts thanks to the arrival of the Knights of St. John (Hospitallers) to these lands. In 1309 the city became the seat of the order.

 

CITY WALLS

 

21. The Rhodes knights significantly strengthened the defense capability of the settlement. The city was surrounded by a high and thick stone wall, the length of which was 4 kilometers. The fortification was equipped with watchtowers and 7 gates, near which there was an armed guard.

 

22. From the inside, the city was also divided by a wall. A smaller part, it was called Collachio, was completely given over to knighthood. It housed the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Cathedral, a hospital and other administrative buildings.

 

23. For the most part, Burgo, or as it was also called Hora, was settled by ordinary people. Houses, markets, churches, public buildings, etc. were erected in this area.

 

24. Chivalry helped the townspeople defend Rhodes and fight off foreign raids for more than two centuries. But in 1522, the Hospitallers were defeated during the siege of the city by the Ottoman troops. So Rhodes fell under the rule of the Turkish ruler Suleiman the Great.

 

25. As a result of the change of power, local residents were forced out of the city walls. The expelled townspeople had to settle down in a new place, and this is how the New Town (the modern part of Rhodes) got its development.

 

26. The name of the city in Greek means "island of roses".

 

 

27. Now the city is home to almost 60 thousand people employed in tourism, fishing and agriculture.

 

28. The city is territorially divided into two parts: Burg and Kollahiy.

 

29. Ordinary residents lived in Burg. The main street of this area is filled with shops, restaurants and souvenir shops. Kollahiy has always been the abode of knights and masters.

 

30. The Palace of the Grand Masters, built in the 14th century, managed to be well preserved to this day, despite the explosion of 1856. Enthusiasts restored the architectural masterpiece in the 20th century according to old sketches.

 

31. The Palace of the Grand Masters is now one of the visiting cards of the city. Two castle exhibition halls are dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of Rhodes.

 

32. Some parts of the ancient city were discovered as a result of excavations. You can visit them and admire the man-made works of art: architecture, sculpture and crafts.

 

33. Temples, sculptures, and other ancient structures have been preserved in the city, which have been restored to date and receive tourists.

 

34. In addition, many items of ancient life have been preserved. But the paintings remained only in fragments due to the destruction caused by the earthquake.

 

 

35. The appearance of the modern city was influenced by the Italians, who rebuilt the city during the Italian occupation of the islands.

 

36. The cult of the sun god, Helios, is widespread not only in the city, but throughout the island. It was believed that he is the patron of the island, as he carried it out of the depths of the sea on his own hands. This territory was named after the nymph Rhodes, whom Helios loved. The locals also revered other gods, though to a lesser extent.

 

37. The emblem of Rhodes is a deer, the statues of which are on the columns left after the destruction of the giant statue of Helios.

 

ELEMENTS OF THE ACROPOLIS IN RHODES

 

38. Of the ancient monuments, the most valuable for the world and the country are the interesting ruins of the temple of Athena Poliada and the stadium, which is an analogue of the stadium in Olympia. To date, this is the only antique copy that has survived to this day.

 

39. Street of the Knights in the Old Town of Rhodes is a unique medieval street with a length of 200 meters. Laid in the XXIV century, it still retains its original appearance.

 

40. On the territory of the city, some elements of the acropolis and medieval buildings have been preserved. For fans of the era of medieval piracy, the siege of medieval castles, Rhodes will be a discovery.

 

41. Most of the region's income comes from the tourism business. Of course, first of all, people come to the city of Rhodes to see the ancient sights, but a beach holiday is also available here.

 

42. Therefore, tourists come here not only to see ancient monuments, but also to relax under the gentle Mediterranean sun on comfortable beaches.

 

43. In the northern part of the city, on the Mediterranean coast, there is one of the best beaches in Rhodes Greece - Elli. There are always a lot of vacationers here, half of them are local youth.

 

44. Life is in full swing on the beach around the clock: during the day, the main attention is paid to the calm and clear sea, and at night - to the nearby cafes and discos that are held in it.

 

45. Ella has a well-developed infrastructure. There are sun loungers and umbrellas, showers, changing cabins, a rental area, many water activities and a free jumping tower located 25 meters from the sand and pebble coast. Entry into the water on Ella is convenient, but there is music playing around the clock, so this place is not the best option for families with small children.

 

 

46. ​​And the beach near the village of Kalawarda is an ideal place for a secluded holiday, especially for not the most picky tourists. There are no umbrellas or sun loungers, shops and entertainment areas, but all this is compensated by the clean sandy coast, calm water and beautiful nature.

 

47. It is also a great place for children, as there is a shallow bay on Kalavard with a convenient entry and always calm water. There are several toilets and showers on the beach, and an excellent restaurant is a 10-minute walk away.

 

48.A pebble-sand beach, located in the center of Rhodes, will provide you with everything you need for a good rest. It is well equipped and has all the necessary amenities. But compared to Elli Beach, located nearby, there are much fewer people here. Akti Miauli is located on the coast of the Aegean Sea, the water here is warm and clean, but in summer it is constantly windy and waves rise.

 

49. Modern Rhodes is distinguished by a combination of ancient civilization, interspersed with medieval architectural monuments and modern buildings, recreation areas and beaches.

 

50. The city of Rhodes is an interesting and unusual place. Here you can feel the atmosphere of ancient Greece and enjoy the rest on two seas at the same time.

 

 

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A trip to the sea is one of the best ways to relax and switch. Before you set off, pack your suitcase (thanks, cap). We know it isn't straightforward. Therefore, we have compiled a list of things that will make it easy to pack all the stuff.

 

Travel Documents

Take a photo of the documents and upload them to your phone or cloud storage - in case the originals are lost, copies will remain, and they can be printed or sent.

 

Passports and their photocopies

It would help if you had a regular passport. Sometimes, you need a valid visa - if you go to the sea abroad. Make photocopies of the first page of your passport and the visa page - you can carry them with you instead of a document so as not to lose the originals. 

 

Medical insurance

Insurance must be taken out before the trip: sometimes, it is needed even when applying for a visa. What kind of insurance to arrange, read in our material.

 

Tickets

Check with your carrier about online check-in - this is a very convenient procedure that reduces time in queues on the spot. You receive a boarding pass in advance by filling in the required data on the carrier's website. Check if you need to print tickets afterward or show them from the smartphone screen.

 

Voucher or printed reservations

Guarantee that you can check into the hotel. When booking a hotel, a confirmation voucher can be sent by mail to yourself and forwarded to fellow travelers - you will always have access to it, even if the Internet and connection are lost.

 

Driver license

Don't forget your driver's license if you plan to rent a car. They must be international if the trip is overseas.

 

Clothing

When choosing clothes, focus on the main pastime. If you spend more time at sea or by the pool, a couple of dresses and shorts with T-shirts will suffice. If there are excursions and trips to nature, you also need to take clothes suitable for such walks.

 

Road clothes set

Decide what you're going to do. It should be comfortable clothing made of light fabric you feel comfortable on the road.

 

Swimsuit

We bathe in one, dry in the other. A unique cosmetic bag for a swimsuit will also come in handy; you can buy one in a lingerie store.

 

Pair of T-shirts and skirt/shorts

Choose versatile items that blend well, dry quickly, and don't wrinkle.

 

Underwear

One set for each day.

 

Socks

To keep your socks from taking up space in your suitcase, roll them up and put them inside the shoes you take with you.

 

Sleepwear

Light pajamas or a long T-shirt for comfortable sleep.

 

Long pants and a light jacket/jacket

For chilly evenings or a day trip to the mountains.

 

 

Shirt or blouse with long sleeves

In case you get burned and need to escape from the sun.

 

Clothing for a restaurant or a disco

In many hotels, thematic performances, animations, or dances are arranged in the evenings. It would help if you had something neat and intelligent, but not too much.

 

Beach Flip-flops

Flip-flops or flip-flops are needed for the beach, the pool, and sometimes to take a shower in the room.

 

Sandals

Formal and weekend shoes, so as not to be ashamed to go to a bar (some are not allowed in flip flops) or to the terrace in a cafe.

 

Comfortable shoes for excursions

Worn-out sneakers or sneakers in which you can walk all day without fear of rubbing your feet.

 

Cap or hat

A cap, hat, or Panama hat will protect against sunstroke.

 

Sunglasses

Not only a fashion accessory but also an irreplaceable thing that protects the eyes from bright light and ultraviolet radiation.

 

Hygiene items

Collect a separate cosmetic bag with hygiene products - it is more convenient to store all the tubes and jars in one place, so they do not hang around the suitcase. And it will also save your things if something spills along the way.

 

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Everyone takes a brush, and the paste is in a large tube, one for all participants in the trip.

 

Shampoo, shower gel, washcloth, deodorant, tonic, or facial wash

Pour the liquid into small jars, and what you can take for everyone, take in a single copy. Remember that if any bottles travel in hand luggage, they must be less than 100 ml. By the way, if you go to an excellent hotel and there are bath accessories, you don’t need to drag some of this, and you can even take something with you as a keepsake. What can and cannot be taken from the hote?hoteldd here.

 

Comb

Better folding, which does not take up much space in hand luggage.

 

Antibacterial hand gel

It is convenient to carry with you, as it is not always possible to wash your hands on the way, and napkins run out quickly.

 

Towel

Check if your hotel provides towels. If yes, but yours out of your luggage! If you still want to take your own, take a microfiber towel: it is light and dries quickly.

 

Lenses and solutions for them

We take at least two pairs of spare lenses, as well as a small jar of the solution so that it is enough for the duration of the trip. Alternatively, buy a pack of one-day lenses.

 

Beach trivia

 

Sun protection

At least sunscreen, after-sun cream, and lip balm with SPF. How to choose the proper sun protection, read here.

 

Cover

To sunbathe. A towel is also suitable for this business, but if several people or a large company are traveling with you, it is better to take a light blanket (but not woolen!).

 

Book

Go for the paperback one - it weighs less than a hardcover book. And if you plan to read the entire list of books for the summer, think about an e-book - why drag a whole library when you can download several volumes of your favorite authors at once and not worry that the reading has ended on the first day.

 

Water bottle/thermos

Great idea to avoid buying extra plastic bottles. And with a thermos, the water will always be cold - the most it is in the heat!

 

Playing cards

They take up little space in the backpack and guarantee a fun time on the beach.

 

Mask, fins, water slippers, air mattress

Take it with you if you do not want to spend money and buy these things on the beach.

 

Beach bag

It is convenient to wear to the beach - you will add everything according to the list above.

 

First aid kit

No one is immune to headaches, fever, or indigestion while on vacation. Therefore, collect proven tablets in your first-aid kit that is beyond doubt (why your first-aid kit is always better, we tell here). There are pharmacies everywhere, but finding an analog of Russian medicine is not always easy.

 

Tablets

From indigestion, colds, runny nose, allergies, motion sickness, antipyretic, analgesic. Check that the names are well read and you know what each drug is from and what dosage.

 

Plasters

Get a set of patches in different sizes and callus patches if you plan on walking a lot.

 

Sunburn remedy

Panthenol or "Rescuer" will do if you do not calculate the time in the sun and get burned.

 

Antiseptic

Buy iodine or brilliant green in pencil - they won't spill in your luggage and won't ruin your things.

 

Eye and ear drops

There is a lot of dust everywhere, and seawater can stuff your ears, so put saving drops with you.

 

Personal medications

If you have specific allergies or asthma, medications should be on hand. This applies to those that are needed in an emergency and those pills that are taken constantly.

 

Technique

Put gadgets in waterproof cases and chargers in a separate bag so the wires do not bend.

 

Telephone

A necessary thing: this is a connection, and a camera, and a player, and a flashlight, and a navigator, and a notepad for notes. Install valuable applications on the road, such as offline maps or a reader - everything you need is collected in the article.

 

Headphones

To listen to music or audiobooks on the go.

 

Camera and memory card

If you think the camera in the phone is not enough, we advise you to take a small camera instead of heavy photographic equipment. Why burden yourself with extra weight on vacation?

 

Chargers and batteries

Check if all gadgets are charged and if all wires are working.

 

Powerbank (external battery)

To recharge your gadgets on the go. A small power bank with a capacity of 5000-10,000 mAh is suitable. Enough for one or two charges during the day.

 

Adapter

There are 15 types of sockets in the world; for example, in India, Italy, Israel, and Cyprus, they differ. Familiarize yourself with the types of sockets in advance so as not to look for an adapter on the spot if you are unsure if your adapter will fit the sockets in the hotel.

 

Money

How and where to store valuables on a trip on a sea holiday, we tell here.

 

Two cards

Preferably two different payment systems, such as Visa and Mastercard. In case of failure of one, it will be possible to use a spare. Remember to notify your bank if you are going abroad.

 

Cash

Remember: you never need to carry all your cash with you. Put the money in different places (of course, not in the luggage you will hand over!). For example, you can hide in a secret pocket of a backpack you take with you in hand luggage.

 

Currency

Take dollars or euros, or any other currency depending on your destination.

 

What to take a woman

 

Pareo or sundress

It is convenient to throw over a swimsuit to go to the beach or the pool.

 

A small bag

A small bag will be handy to add the necessary little things for a walk around the city.

 

Manicure set

Remember that neither a nail file, scissors, orezers in hand luggage will be allowed on the plane - put them in your suitcase.

 

Cosmetics

A minimum of cosmetics, let the skin rest. Choose travel options for your favorite cream or perfume - they are more compact and take up less space in your cosmetic bag.

 

Funds for critical days

Take what suits you.

 

What to take a man

 

Razor and shaving foam

We put it in a suitcase.

 

Belt bag

It is smaller than a backpack. We hide everything necessary inside: phone, documents, keys, and money.Such a bagt is v, very convenient for boat trips, rides, and cycling trips.

 

What to take if you are traveling with children

 

Documents for a child

Birth certificate, consent to travel (to some countries), if the children are traveling with one parent, and a new passport (you can only enter a child in an old passport

 

Clothing

In principle, the list of clothes at the beginning of our article is also suitable for children. Remember that the smaller the child, the faster he gets things dirty. Therefore, take additional sets of children's clothing, warm socks, tights for girls, and trousers for boys. Also, children burn faster in the sun, so they take light sweaters and shirts.

 

A toy

Favorite toy with which the child falls asleep or without which he refuses to leave the house.

 

Diapers and other necessary

In order not to lug a supply of diapers for the whole vacation, find out if the right ones are sold in the place where you are going. You will probably find some diapers, but if you have preferences, it is better to take care of them in advance.

 

Waterproof sheets or diapers

You can lay it in transport or on a bed in a hotel.

 

Baby food, bib, and bottle

Baby food for babies under two years old can be taken in hand luggage, but only in the amount needed for the flight's duration (even if the capacity is more than 100 ml). With a bib, clothes can be changed less often, and the bottle will come in handy to dilute the formula for feeding.

 

Baby cream

Moisturizing - after water procedures, anti-inflammatory - with skin irritation, protective - from moisture loss, wind, and sun.

 

Armlets or rubber band

To swim safely.

 

Pencils, sketchbook, coloring book

Consider your child's leisure time. We told in our article about the things that will entertain the child on a trip.

 

What to take in transport

 

Whether you are traveling by car, train, bus, or plane, take with you:

 

Paper tissues and wet wipes

An absolute must-have anytime, anywhere!

 

Travel set

An inflatable pillow, earplugs, and a sleep mask will protect your sleep in transport from bright light and noise and save you from a stiff neck.

 

Blanket

In case the air conditioner will work to its fullest. Life hack: the blanket can then be used as a blanket to sunbathe on the beach.

 

Change of shoes

Cloth slippers to rest your feet.

 

Lollipops and snacks

Valuable to kill a worm.

 

Tablet with movies and games

To keep yourself and the kids busy on a long trip.

 

What not to take

 

Hair dryer and iron

If there is no hair dryer and iron in the room, you can ask for them at the reception. If you rent an apartment on the sea, you should ask the owners about their availability.


Umbrella (beach or rain)

A beach umbrella can be rented on the beach or bought locally, so you don't have to carry it in your hand luggage. And an umbrella from the rain at sea is unlikely to be helpful to you.

 

Quadcopter

Check the laws of flying on drones where you are going (they are prohibited somewhere above the cities), as well as the rules for transporting quadrocopters on airplanes - we talk about all the nuances of using drones while traveling in the article.

 

Notebook

You're going on vacation, not to work!

 

Expensive jewelry

Leave them at home if you don't want to constantly worry about your gold rings and earrings left in the room.

 

Warm clothes

Recheck the weather forecast and consider whether you need a warm sweater and jeans for the sea.

 

Evening dresses and stilettos

You can get by with sandals from the list of basic clothes and a short cocktail dress if you are planning parties in expensive restaurants and trips to discos.

 

 

So let's check again if everything is ready for the holidays

  • The documents
  • Money
  • Swimsuit and swimming trunks
  • Flip-flops and spare shoes
  • Clothing
  • Telephone
  • Camera
  • Chargers and adapter
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Travel set
  • Toothbrush
  • Bath accessories

 

The most important thing is to take a good mood on vacation. Rest will not be pleasant if you worry about things forgotten at home. Almost everything from the list above can be bought on the spot, so sit back and relax!

 

 

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Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and at least the most senior in Western Europe. The first mention of it dates back to the 3rd century BC. Despite this, practically no evidence of this antiquity remains in the city. It's all to blame - the fact below.

 

Lisbon is the westernmost capital of mainland Europe. Near the city is the famous Cape Roca, from which only the boundless Atlantic Ocean extends.

 

Facts about Lisbon

 

1. The city of Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.

 

2. He is respected in Europe because he is one of the oldest.

 

3. The first settlements on the site of the modern capital of Portugal appeared earlier than in Rome and Paris.

 

4. According to most estimates, the city was founded in the 12th century BC, near the Tagus River, providing excellent living opportunities. It turns out that Lisbon is older than Rome by four centuries. In fact, in Europe, only Athens was founded earlier than Lisbon.

 

5. Lisbon has been considered the capital of Portugal since 1255. However, there are no official documents confirming the fact that Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. The city became the capital by accident when King Alfonso III settled with his court in Lisbon. This made sense since Lisbon was already Portugal's largest and most important city.

 

6. A long time ago, this region was inhabited by pre-Celtic tribes. Then came the Celts, and then the Phoenicians. The Punic Wars forced the inhabitants of this place to think about building defensive walls. And then they began to build castles and towers here.

 

7. In the Middle Ages, Muslims came to the city and brought with them a new culture. But their reign ended when the Norwegian crusaders came to Lisbon.

 

8. Gradually, the city expanded due to its advantageous position. As a result, it became the most important European port, from which the gates to many states were opened.

 

 

9. And again, the city wants to capture the enemies. Lisbon survived both the invasion of the Spaniards and the arrival of Napoleon's troops. So Lisbon is a city that has seen a lot in its lifetime. But the most terrible disaster in the city's history was the most powerful earthquake of 1775.

 

10. It turned out to be so ruthless that the city turned into ruins. But he was not destined to die. With the help of the remaining townspeople, the use of the country's inhabitants was gradually revived.

 

11. Then, a new city practically rose from the ruins and became one of the most beautiful. Three revolutions took place here in the 20th century. After them, the rapid development of modern capital began.

 

12. Today's Lisbon is the most beautiful European capital with its sights and legends.

 

13. Lisbon is the warmest European capital. There are at least 100 rainy days here a year.

 

THE OLDEST DISTRICT OF LISBON - ALFAMA

 

14. Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon and the only one that survived and even retained its appearance after an earthquake in the middle of the 18th century. The Alfama district is located in the southeast of the city along the banks of the Tagus River. Alfama is situated at the foot of two of the seven Lisbon hills, one of which crowns the castle of St. George, and the other is the Cathedral of St. Vincent.

 

15. Its architecture stands out as a bright spot against the background of the rest of the city - chaotically located streets and tiny houses with stairs on the slopes form the image of the Middle Ages, and in general, it looks not like a district, but like a small village in the city. For a long time, it had a reputation as an area where sailors, anglers, etc., lived, that is, simple poor people, but in the Middle Ages, Muslims used the springs in Alfama to improve their health; for this, they came here as a resort.

 

16. Down to the banks of the Tagus River, the Alfama area is taking on more modern features - the old port warehouses have turned into modern loft spaces equipped with restaurants and trendy nightclubs.

 

17. The sights of Porto and Lisbon are a unique tandem of two Portuguese pearls that allows you to discover all the most atmospheric places in Portugal, feel its lively character and plunge into the old days.

 

18. The ancient buildings and centuries-old streets of these cities allow you to go back in time and understand how the state's glorious history developed.

 

ROSIE SQUARE

 

19. One of the most iconic places in Lisbon is Rossio Square, which can be classified as a must-see for tourists. It is surrounded by buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries, which house numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants today, from modern eateries to fine Art Nouveau establishments.

 

20. Over the centuries, the square has seen a lot - even the Romans equipped their hippodrome on this place. Bullfights, festivals, military parades, and executions were held in the court. Today, city and public holidays are celebrated here; they study original installations and relax.

 

21. Locals are sure that Lisbon is associated with Freemasonry since the entire central district of Lisbon Baixa was designed and built on the principles of Masons: there are seven streets (one of which is Golden Street and the other is Silver Street), three squares, two columns near the river, one triumphal arch and many other facts point to this. But it is difficult to say this is true because Freemasonry is covered with a veil of mystery.

 

22. Ravens have been a symbol of the city since 1173 when they accompanied the body of Saint Vincent to Lisbon, where he was buried. Every coal merchant in the town kept ravens as pets. All these beloved pets have always had the same name: Vicente, in honor of the saint. The raven can always be seen in the castle of San Jorge and below at Se.

 

23. Lisbon is the first city to import Guinness. It is not in the Guinness Book of World Records, but records from 1811 show Lisbon was the first city to import Guinness beer.

 

24. O'Gillins and Hennessy's are among the few pubs in Lisbon where you can enjoy a perfectly poured pint of Guinness - continuing a tradition over 203 years old.

 

TRIUMPHAL ARCH

 

25. One of the attractions of Lisbon is the Arc de Triomphe. The date of the creation of this architectural structure is the end of the 18th century. The majestic arch was decorated with statues, sculptures of famous Portuguese, stone carvings, bas-reliefs, and column groups. By paying a few euros, you can climb to the observation deck, located on the roof of the building.

 

26. The Tahoe River stretches for 14 kilometers, winding through the capital.

 

27. The Tagus River is not the most attractive. No one in their right mind would think of swimming in its waters. But the world-famous oysters were once found in this river.

 

28. Only five people know the recipe for their favorite Lisbon cake. In a city where almost no one has secrets from each other, one terrible secret is kept - the recipe for Pastel de Belém cake. The secret recipe of Pastel de Belen has never been written down and is transmitted only orally; it has always been remembered and kept in mind. To prevent the formula from being lost, its keepers are not prohibited from flying together in the same plane or driving in the same car.

 

29. As you know, with great secrets comes great responsibility, and the keepers of this recipe take special precautions: they never travel in the same plane, do not sit in the same car, and do not order the same dish in a restaurant.

 

ON THE HILL OF GRACE

 

30. Graça is the highest of Lisbon's hills, but it was excluded from the original and official list. The seven lucky ones lined up in this order: San Jorge, San Vicente, San Roque, Santo Andre, Santa Catarina, Chagas and Santa Anna.

 

31. Maybe that's why most locals tell tourists that Lisbon is a city of seven hills. But this statement is not valid. They are deliberately misidentified to make Lisbon more like Rome, also known as the city of the seven hills.

 

CHURCH OF SAINT ENGRAVE

 

32. One of the most impressive creations of Portuguese Baroque architecture is the Church of Saint Engracia, also called the National Pantheon. This is a magnificent building made of pink marble with a vast dome, at the base of which, at the height of about 80 meters, there is an observation deck overlooking the city and the Tagus River.

 

33. This temple began to be built in the 17th century but was supplemented and rebuilt over the next three centuries. The construction process dragged on so much that the well-known phrase “construction of Santa Engracia” appeared in everyday life of the Portuguese, which meant an endless delay in work. The church has a design that has not previously been used in any Portuguese building - the interior space is distributed according to the scheme of the Greek cross. Above the entrance are niches with statues, and a beautiful baroque portal leads inside, where two angels hold the Portuguese coat of arms.

 

34. The city is considered multinational. At the same time, according to the census, 97% of the Portuguese live in it.

 

35. The Guinness Book of Records writes about a dinner in Lisbon, which 15,000 people attended. This dinner took place on the Vasco da Gama bridge during its opening in 1998.

 

36. In one of Lisbon's classic cafes, Martinho da Arcada, two tables remain empty and are permanently "reserved" for late writers. One for Fernando Pessoa, Portugal's most famous poet, and one for Nobel laureate José Saramago, Portugal's most beloved writer.

 

BASILICA - ESTRELA

 

37. A hill west of Lisbon crowns a majestic building - the Basilica da Estrela, erected by the Queen Mary of Portugal decree. Sometime during the marriage, Mary vowed to build a temple for the nuns of the Order of Barefoot Carmelites if the Lord would grant her a son. After a while, her heir was born, and at the end of the 18th century, the construction of the basilica began.

 

38. So, a unique building with columns, bell towers, and bas-reliefs grew. A tower complements the dome with a cross, which to this day serves as a guide for travelers - it can be seen from almost any part of the city.

 

39. Unfortunately, by the time construction was completed, the queen's son had already died from the smallpox he had suffered. The picturesque architecture of the temple combines the Baroque and Neo-Gothic styles; the facade is decorated with sculptures of angels and six allegories. The central dome is surrounded by a terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the capital.

 

40. Lisbon has the world's only public tie mirror. At least there is no other city with such a mirror in the world. It is located next to door number 115 in Piazza D. Pedro IV. The inscription calls: "Put in order the knot of your tie."

 

MONUMENT TO THE PIONEERS

 

41. In Lisbon, there is a monument to the discoverers. It is located on the Belen embankment of the Tagus River. This large-scale 50-meter sculpture was created in memory of the era of legendary geographical discoveries. According to the project, the monument should personify the exploits of the famous navigators of Portugal. At the top level of the monument is an observation deck.

 

42. Lisbon has one of the smallest bookstores in the world. Bertrand is known as the world's oldest bookstore, a well-known fact. But Livraria do Simao is one of the smallest, with an area of ​​​​only 3.8 square meters. Meters. However, it holds 4,000 books! It is so small that the store owner usually leaves the premises when a customer enters.

 

VASCO DA GAMA BRIDGE

 

43. The Lisbon Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe, its length exceeds 17 kilometers. It is also the largest in Europe. Its appearance marked the 500th anniversary of the opening of the route to India by the great navigator. The construction crosses the river in its widest part, connecting one of the districts of Lisbon with the opposite towns of Montijo and Alcuchet.

 

44. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a powerful support, dozens of cables, a curved line of the roadbed over the waters of the Tagus River. It is known that the design of the Vasco da Gama bridge is able to withstand the elements, 4.5 times more powerful than the famous Lisbon earthquake of the 18th century.

 

PRASA SQUARE - DO - COMERCIU

 

45. Praça do Comercio in Lisbon is one of the most beautiful European squares, from which the active development of the city began in the 15th century, regarding the famous geographical discoveries. It was during these years that the construction of the port and administrative buildings associated with maritime trade began. During the prosperity of Lisbon, ships with treasures from the Portuguese colonies moored in the port, important royal delegations arrived.

 

46. ​​And in our time, in the Praça do Comercio area, evidence of past glory remains - monumental monuments, ancient administrative buildings and various interesting places. Ministries, banks and other state organizations work in historical buildings located along the perimeter of the square. The legendary cafe Martinho da Arcada also operates here, where true aristocrats dined.

 

47. There are many unusual museums in the city: carriages, electricity, ancient art.

 

AT THE GALUST GULBENKYAN MUSEUM

 

48. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a private museum. Usually private museum collections do not attract as much attention as large national museums. The Galouste Gulbenkian Gallery is a special case, with a huge and diverse collection that can outshine any large-scale exhibition.

 

49. The first part of this exposition presents objects of Greek, Egyptian, Persian art, here you can see the rarest jewelry, precious vases, fragments of Egyptian tombs. The second part is dedicated to European art - these are collections of paintings, carvings, sculptures, and various decor. But the most impressive part is the collection of paintings with paintings by Rembrandt, Renoir, Claude Monet and other eminent painters.

 

PAVILION OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE PARK OF NATIONS

 

50. In Lisbon, in the Park of Nations in the Interactive Museum of Science, a thematic pavilion of Knowledge was opened in 1999. It will be interesting to visit it for a person of any age - both kids from 3 years old and pensioners.

 

51. In the pavilion, divided into separate rooms, you can set up all kinds of experiments, for example, in the field of chemistry or physics, participate in experiments, learn about technological innovations and natural phenomena. Special attention deserves a hall with interactive modules called Escaping Exhibition: here you can ride a rope at a height of 6 meters on a bicycle, or relax at a huge table.

 

52. An unusual Santa Justa street elevator operates in the city, raising tourists to a height of 45 meters.

 

53. Lisbon Oceanarium is the largest in Europe. 450 species of marine inhabitants live here.

 

54. Almost all Lisbon streets look in black and white. Such an unusual coloring is not associated with mourning events, but symbolizes the robes of St. Vincent, who is the patron saint of the city.

 

55. During World War II, spies arrived in Lisbon from all over the world. The richest European refugees have created a small community around the casinos of the city of Estoril near Lisbon. They spent their days on the beach, dancing the night away, hosting banquets and gambling games where the stakes were very high.

 

56. The best spies of all Western countries worked hard in these circles. The most famous is Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, who was here in the service of British Naval Intelligence.

 

57. The April 25 Bridge across the Tagus River is 2.2 kilometers long. It is the largest in Europe among similar suspended transitional structures.

 

ZOO IN LISBON

 

58. The Lisbon Zoo is a unique menagerie. It stands out from other zoos in that it does not have cages or enclosures. The inhabitants live in recreated "natural" conditions: a house is built for the rhinoceros in the form of an entire African village, macaques and chimpanzees jump on real trees, tigers and lions rest on the grass of the "savannah".

 

59. For comfortable observation of animals and organizing picnics, tables and benches are located on the area of ​​​​the complex. Tourists who come to Lisbon with children should visit this wonderful zoo in the first place.

 

TRAMS IN LISBON

 

60. The narrow, uneven streets of the historic part of Lisbon are lined with tram tracks that have existed here for more than 100 years. They are followed by miniature yellow Remodelado trams that appeared in the early 20th century, and today everything inside them, from controls to wooden benches, seems to transport you to a charming era of the past.

 

61. Tourists who just want to wander around the city, the first thing you should pay attention to is Augusta, the main pedestrian street of Lisbon. It stretches from the central city square of Rossio to the famous triumphal arch and is a pavement lined with ancient mosaics in the form of a fancy pattern. It is a favorite place for walks of locals and visitors, a large shopping area and a popular vacation spot with numerous outdoor cafes, boutiques, exhibitions of local artists and performances by musicians.

 

62. Tourists are everywhere surrounded by colorful facades of old mansions, and the end of the walking route is crowned by the majestic Arc de Triomphe, which in itself is a separate attraction. The grand building is decorated in a mixture of Baroque, Renaissance and Manueline styles. A spiral staircase and an elevator lead to the top of the arch, where the observation deck is located.

 

63. The observation deck of San Pedro de Alcantara is a panoramic observation point, the area of ​​\u200b\u200bwhich is divided into two levels. At each level there are small restaurants, sculptural compositions, shops, fountains and vegetation. It is here that the local intelligentsia and the youth of the capital gather. Moreover, you do not need to pay for access to this observation terrace in the fresh air.

 

64. When exploring the ancient quarters of Lisbon, one should not forget about its surroundings, which are no less rich in historical monuments. For example, you can go outside of Lisbon to explore the sights of Sintra - Moorish castles, palaces, ancient monasteries against the backdrop of landscapes immersed in greenery.

 

65. Tourists say that once they see Lisbon, they cannot forget it or confuse it with another city. And you will definitely want to return there again to wander through its streets and visit its many other attractions.

 

 

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