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A city with a nostalgic charm, to be experienced and savored slowly. This is Lisbon, Portugal's capital, a city rich in history, classical art and wonderful examples of architecture in Manueline style (Portuguese late Gothic) and Baroque. Center for the production of the moving music of Fado, Lisbon is also famous for its "azulejos", architectural ceramic decorations of Arabic origin. Built on seven hills and overlooking the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon welcomes its many visitors with the warmth of its people and the quality of its dishes, especially seafood. Characteristic of its steep neighborhoods are the low-rise buildings in pastel shades, alternating with bell towers and domes. The heart of the old town is the flat Baixa district. Perched on the highest hill of the city there is Saint George's Castle, built by the Visigoths in the fifth century and later converted into a royal residence by the Moors. Nearby there is the small medieval district of Santa Cruz, the oldest and most picturesque village of Lisbon. Tourists should also visit the Sé Patriarchal Cathedral and the impressive Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, with its numerous cloisters. Do not miss the chance to take a picture from the romantic terrace of Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Also worth seeing is Belém, an ancient fishing village full of art. The center of the nightlife is Bairro Alto with its trendy bars, old popular neighborhood, meeting point for African immigrants and artists.