Lisbon is getting more and more trendy and the truth is that we all love it!
This city’s beauty is infinite and we are so proud of her! We thought we’d leave you with some interesting facts about Lisbon which perhaps could be some of the reasons why was voted the best Destination in the World this last year 2017!
- Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graça, Monte Penha de Franca, S.Pedro Alcântara, Santa Catarina and Estrela. It makes the capital of Portugal similar to such cities as Rome, Istanbul and Moscow.
2. Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. It was almost totally destroyed on the 1st of November in 1755 taking 40000 lives, it was rebuild within few years.
3. Baixa is the main banking and shopping district in Lisbon. If you are looking for something special, come here!
4. Lisbon has one of the mildest climates in Europe. The city is sunny throughout the year, with an annual average of 2900- 3300 hours of sunshine.
5. Fado is a music genre originated in Portugal, derived from the Latin word “fatum”- destiny. The locals often arrange concerts in the restaurants where tourists can enjoy tasty dinner and listen to this sad beautiful tunes.
6. The Tagus is the largest river of the Iberian Peninsul, 14 Km wide, it is said to be large enough to contain all the worship in the world.
7. One of the most amazing and unusual landmarks in Europe is Portuguese pavement, which should definitely be in your Europe bucket list.
8. The raven is the symbol of Lisbon. For a long time there was a cult for ravens in the city. The Municipality even had a large cage with ravens in the St. Jorge Castle.
9. Lisbon has its own Cristo Rei. A Catholic monument overlooking the city, standing on the left bank of the river. It was inspired by the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The statue commemorates Portugal’s survival of the WWII.
10. One of the most remarkable sights in Lisbon here is the Ascensor de Santa Justa, a street elevator, which connects two parts of the city by taking passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district which is 45 meters high. Another interesting fact about this elevator is that it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel (The architect that build the Eiffel Tower).
Did you know any of this facts? If you know any others share it with us !