ROMAN THEATER MUSEUM
The remains of Lisbon's Roman past
On a street behind the cathedral leading up to the
Santa Luzia lookout is
a small free museum presenting the history and some finds from Lisbon's Roman
Theater, whose archaeological remains stand behind it. There is not much left but the museum recreates it beautifully.
The theater was built in the first century BC by Emperor Augustus and expanded in 57 AD with a capacity for 5000 people. It was abandoned in the Middle Ages and disappeared underground until Lisbon's post-earthquake reconstruction in the 18th century.
The museum features a smattering of columns and other finds, including a sculpture of Silenus and an inscription dedicating the theater to Nero.
A multilingual video and touch screens also tell the story of Roman Lisbon.
This museum is free. You can also ride Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for FREE with the Lisboa Card.
How to Visit
George's Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.
The Cathedral - The city's oldest building.
Miradouro Portas do Sol - Standing over Alfama.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.
Santo Antonio Church - Saint Anthony's birthplace.
Decorative Arts Museum - A captivating decorative arts collection.