Lisbon has over thousand years of history. During the XV and XVI centuries, Lisbon was the centre of global trade, especially spices and jewellery shipped in from the East and from Brazil. The city has a strong historic and cultural heritage and the beautiful architecture displayed throughout all around. Richly decorated palaces, renaissance churches, the castle, monasteries, 18th century buildings and avenues. All this sits atop seven hills and faces the majestic Tagus River.