I've recently been to Lisbon, and I wanted to share some pics with you Emotion: smile

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, was once the capital of an empire. Its buildings and monuments are somewhat sad reminders of this ancient power.

Castelo S. Jorge

Torre de Belem

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Mosteiro de S Vicente

Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa- The Cathedral

Igreja Ns. da Conceição

In 1755, the city was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake,

Convento do Carmo, partially destroyed (notice the absence of the roof)

Convento do Carmo, partially destroyed (notice the absence of the roof)

and it was rebuilt according to planning theories and practices in fashion at that time: large boulevards, monuments and statues, regular grids.

Praça Dom Pedro IV

Rua Augusta

Praça do Comércio

Praca do Imperio

These "new" districts (Barrio Alto, Baixa, Chiado, Rossio) make a shark contrast with the ancient (medieval) districts of Alfama and Moureira, where Arab influences are still visible in the irregular street patterns, or in some buildings.

Streets in Alfama

Casa dos Bicos

The city is built on several hills on the north bank of the River Tagus (on the estuary, close to the Atlantic Ocean). Be prepared to walk on steep streets with many steps!

However, if you don't feel like walking, you can also take some lifts/elevators or ancient trams Emotion: smile

Red tram in Alfama district

Elevador da Gloria

Santa Justa Lift (built in 1900)

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Thank you for the pictures, Tanit.Emotion: smile I'm looking forward to seeing more of them, as you promised!
Thank you for the photos. It is white and yellow city.
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Thanks for the pictures. I love Lisbon!

In 1998 Lisbon hosted the Word Exposition (Expo), after winning the bid a few years earlier. An eastern area of the city was developed, and after the Expo those buildings were used for different purposes.

I was there on a Saturday afternoon, and it was a lively place, where a lot of people gathered to shop, to ride their bicycles or rent a cart, or to have a romantic stroll along the bank of the river.

This post shows some of the buildings and places of the Park of the Nations (or Parque das Nações, the name of the site).

A new metro line (the red one) was built, with a new multi-modal station:

Garé do Oriente station

The main entrance of the Expo was converted into a big shopping centre

Vasco de Gama shopping centre

The Expo's pavilions now host (among others) a fair, an aquarium, a 'hands-on' science museum (mainly for children), a casino.

Feira Internacional de Lisboa (Lisbon International Exhibition Fair)

The Vasco de Gama bridge was built for the Expo, too. Its total length is about 17 kilometres.
Cableway ('Teleferico') and the 'Vasco de Gama' bridge (in the background)

This area is a mixed use district, with brand new residential buildings that remind visitors of the theme of the 1998 Expo: Oceans, water, discoveries.
Residential buildings ('The Sails')
In fact, geographic discoveries (those of the 15th and 16th centuries, I mean) appear to be very important for Portuguese people.

The monument in the following pictures is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries), built around 1960 (but thought of about 20 years earlier) in the western district of Belém, close to the tower, the monastery, and the Imperial square (pictures in the first post).

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos - detail
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Wow, good pics Tanit! Sorry, I am in hurry, I'll come back to watch them again. Emotion: wink
nice pictures that show me a glimpse of Portugual

it's an amazinig and beautiful city from your pictures.
the architectu of the roads and the builidings are astonishing.
i do not see in other countries ancient trams as in Lisbon.
i will continue to watch these pictures latter.
i will be happy to talk to you and to know you.

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