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The congress will take place in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation complex, set in the beautiful Gulbenkian Park, conveniently located in the centre of Lisbon. In addition to the areas occupied by the Foundation's management and various departments and services, the premises include a large auditorium, a space for temporary exhibitions, a congress area with auditoriums and other rooms, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Art Library and the Modern Art Centre.

 

Lisbon at a glance

Lisbon is one of Europe's smallest and most likable capital cities. In the oldest parts of town, pastel-color houses line tiny, stepped alleys, while in the grand 18th-century center, wide boulevards are bordered by black-and-white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks. There's a legacy of fine art-nouveau buildings, too, and everywhere you'll see the striking blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) for which Portugal is famous. The city became a flourishing trading center during 300 years of Moorish rule, beginning in the 8th century, and the Alfama-the oldest district of Lisbon and site of the city's cathedral and castle-retains its intricate, Arab-influenced layout. To move beyond the center, try the entertaining local transit system, which includes elevators to negotiate the tougher hills.

If you have 2 days...

To view all the major attractions in two days, you'll have to get up early. Start at the Rossío, the main downtown square, and stroll through the Baixa, pausing to window-shop or take a coffee. Wander into the Alfama quarter by way of the Sé, following the winding streets past lookout points and churches as far as the hilltop Castelo de São Jorge. The views here are magnificent, and you can grab lunch at one of the many nearby cafés and restaurants. A tram ride takes you back down to the Baixa, where, in the riverside Praça do Comércio, you pick up another tram for the rattling ride west to Belém and the magnificent Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the acclaimed Torre de Belém, and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. On the way back to the city center, stop off at the Museu de Arte Antiga.

Your second day can be less hectic. Head up to the Bairro Alto and the Chiado shopping area and spend the morning browsing in galleries and stores, and visiting the Igreja de São Roque. Have lunch in one of the small taverns or restaurants, and then return to the Baixa via the Elevador da Glória. Take the metro to Parque das Nações to visit the Oceanário de Lisboa.

 

 

 

 

For more informations visit the Lisbon tourist office website.

 

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