Cemitério dos Prazeres
Type: Art & Culture, Cemetery, Great Views, Historic Sites, Unusual
The Prazeres Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Lisbon, and one of the most notable in Portugal. Located in the west of the city on the fringes of the leafy Campo de Ourique neighborhood, Prazeres,... Read More
The Prazeres Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Lisbon, and one of the most notable in Portugal. Located in the west of the city on the fringes of the leafy Campo de Ourique neighborhood, Prazeres, which – somewhat incongruously – translates in English as "pleasures", was created in 1833 to cope with the high mortality rate following an outbreak of cholera. While not in the league of Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery in terms of celebrity status, Prazeres remains the final resting place of some of the country's most prominent citizens, a roll call that includes authors, artists and politicians. For the most part, however, the cemetery is the permanent residence of the departed rich and distinguished, a fact illustrated by the grand and elaborate baroque family mausoleums that are an appealing feature of this unlikely visitor attraction.
- Free Things to Do: "A complimentary map of the cemetery is available from the front gate office. In addition, free guided tours (usually in Portuguese) can be pre-booked via telephone or email."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Conveniently reached using the number 28 tram, Cemitério dos Prazeres also provides beautiful views of the Rio Tejo.