City Museum of Evora (Altu Alentejo Province, 130 km from Lisbon)
Xieu Cathedral in Evora
One of the most beautiful Portuguese cities, which in fact is a tourist attraction in Portugal, is located closer to the east of the country, in the province of Altu Alentejo. This is the city-museum of Evora, framed by wonderful olive groves, vineyards, flowering meadows that turn the town into a real garden. The city itself includes a lot of historical attractions – ancient buildings, temples, palaces, cathedrals, reflecting the rich history of the city.
The history of Evora began about two millennia ago, and for many centuries was formed under the influence of the culture of the Romans and the Moors, which is why the city of Evora is considered the spiritual center of the country. The historical part of the city is surrounded by fortified walls, and inside the labyrinths of its narrow old streets, ancient restored buildings intertwined with sunny areas of the Renaissance, viewing platforms, Gothic churches, cathedrals and palaces in the style of manuelino. In general, buildings of different eras here are an unusually colorful mix of architectural styles of different eras. Continue reading
Lisbon Oceanarium in the Park of Nations
The coastal country of Portugal throughout its history is closely connected with the sea, so if you are interested in the sights of Portugal related to the sea, you have something to visit in Portugal. In the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Every year, over a million visitors come to watch the life of marine inhabitants through panoramic glass.
The advantage of the Lisbon Oceanarium is that it was created not just for the entertainment of the general public, but also for general educational purposes. For example, in the building of the Oceanarium there are departments of marine biology and oceanography, where many scientific lessons are held that will be interesting to both adults and children.
The architectural feature of the Oceanarium in Lisbon is that it was built directly on the water – on the banks of the Tagus River, and with a land it is connected by a 2-level ramp. The oceanarium was opened for visitors in 1998, and in 2011 another building was opened for temporary exhibitions. Continue reading
In Sanskrit, the word “buddha” is literally translated – “awakened”. This is the name of people and other intelligent beings who have attained enlightenment (bodhi). Among them is the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautamu Shakyamuni, who laid down Buddhist traditions and achieved bodhi according to some sources in 588 BC. However, he was neither the first nor the last Buddha, because long before him many myths are mentioned in mythology.
People worship buddhas as gods, but you should know that a buddha is more like a teacher, helping other sentient beings to find their way and overcome difficulties. Often, Buddhas are seen as saviors who seek to bring all others to an awakened state called nirvana. In this aspect, Buddhism is different from most other religious teachings, as Buddhas did not exist initially, but appeared, appear and will still appear in the future, playing the role of living gods. Like other theistic areas, Buddhism has different schools and areas, which it is rather difficult for an outside observer to understand. Over many centuries of existence, Buddhism has accumulated many contradictions, as in other religions. Continue reading