You’ve certainly noticed that Lisbon is surrounded by two incredible bridges.
Each one has a long historical background that cannot go unnoticed. As they’re part of Lisbon’s culture it’s time we let you know a bit about it!
Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge
25 de Abril suspension bridge is one of Lisbon’s most outstanding landmarks.
Until the bloodless revolution (in 25th of April), it was named Salazar Bridge. The bridge was completed on August 6th, 1966, afterwords, a train platform was added, connecting the city with the municipality of Almada.
It is closely similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as it was built by the same company that constructed the American bridge. Ironically, the one in Lisbon was built almost 30 years later!
Best places to see the bridge: Cristo Rei Statue (in Almada), Monsanto Forest Park, Santo Amaro docks and Belém.
Ponte Vasco da Gama Bridge
Located in the east of Lisbon, the Vasco da Gama Bridge is an immense 17,2km bridge named after the great explorer Vasco da Gama, who found the sea route to India in 1498. It was built because of the traffic issues in the mid 90’s, when Lisbon was simply unable to handle the volumes of commuters.
On the opening day of the bridge, the residents of Lisbon were invited to a massive seated party to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery. That coincided of the opening of Expo 98 bringing thousands of tourists into the city.
At the time it was the longest bridge in the world and nowadays it still remains as the longest one in Europe. As a curious fact, the design of the bridge was planned to be environment friendly. To minimize the intrusion into natural environment of the Tagus river, it was built as far as possible to the second coast.
Best place to see the bridge: Parque das Nações
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