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Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, located on the north of Rio Tejo, it has 2 bridges :

-The 25 de Abril bridge (1966), which connects Lisbon and Almada;

-The Vasco da Gama bridge (1998), 17.3 km long, connecting Lisbon and Sacavém to Montijo and Alcochete, it is the longest bridge in Europe and the 9th longest in the world.

The city has an intense cultural life, with a permanent and diversified offer and, due to its privileged location, it was the scene of important international, cultural and sporting events, such as European Capital of Culture 1994, Expo 98, Tennis World Masters 2001, Gymnastrada 2003, Euro 2004, 50 years of the 2012 tall ship regattas and many others.

 

Praça do comércio

The Praça do Comércio is located in the city of Lisbon, Portugal.
Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
After the earthquake, the square was completely remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, ordered by Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, who was the Minister of the Kingdom of Portugal from 1750 to 1777, during the reign of Dom José I, King of Portugal.

Belém tower

Belém Tower , officially the Tower of Saint Vincent is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance, and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.
The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30-metre (98.4 ft), four-storey tower.

São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle is a historic castle in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, located in the freguesia of Santa Maria Maior.
Human occupation of the castle hill dates to at least the 8th century BC  while the first fortifications built date from the 1st century BC.
The hill on which São Jorge Castle stands has played an important part in the history of Lisbon, having served as the location of fortifications occupied successively by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors, before its conquest by the Portuguese in the 1147 Siege of Lisbon.
Since the 12th century, the castle has variously served as a royal palace, a military barracks, home of the Torre do Tombo National Archive, and now as a national monument and museum.

Águas Livres Aqueduct

The Águas Livres Aqueduct  is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering.
The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km. The city of Lisbon has always suffered from the lack of drinking water, and King John V decided to build an aqueduct to bring water from sources in the parish of Caneças, in the modern municipality of Odivelas. The project was paid for by a special sales tax on beef, olive oil, wine, and other products. 

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