Pictures of Lisboa, Portugal

Lisbon is the city where I was born, and it will always have a very special place in my heart. It is the capital of Portugal, a small country that recently became developed (this was generally not noticed by its inhabitants). Portugal is a member of the European Union and the euro zone. It is one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

Lisbon is a very beautiful and pleasant place to live. It is the sunniest capital in Europe, but the weather is very mild, because of the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Also, the natives tend to be quite pleasant, and most of them are accomplished poets (not me)! If you visit Portugal and I am there, let me know. It will be my pleasure to show you around. If not, here is a large set of good photos. Some striking examples include a shot of a tram in the morning, or another view of the Vasco da Gama bridge, and many others...


I can see my house from here! In the picture below, we are looking North towards Lisboa (Lisbon). This is the "old" bridge, 25 de Abril, which connects Lisbon to the south bank of the Tejo (Tagus) river.

Ponte 25 de Abril

Below is a distant view of this bridge from the millenary St. George's Castle. We are looking west, towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Ponte vista do Castelo de Sao Jorge

Below, a view of Panteao Nacional from the Castle.

Vista do Castelo para leste

Below is a view of Saint George's Castle from The Elevator. In the foreground are some recent buildings and streets ("Baixa"); these were built towards the end of the 18th century, after the catastrophic earthquake in 1755. This zone is still a commercial hub.

Castelo de S. Jorge visto da Baixa

From the same Elevator, looking North, we see the Rossio square.

Rossio

Going south from Rossio: Rua Augusta

Rua Augusta

Passing that arch, you reach Praca do Comercio. The buildings around this square were (and to some extent, still are) the traditional seat of our government.

Praca do Comercio

Going westwards about 7 km, you see Padrao dos Descobrimentos, built in 1943 for trhe celebrations of the 800 years of Portuguese independence. This also celebrates the times when the Portuguese navigators (lead by Prince Henry the Navigator, the guy with the funny hat at the prow) discovered most of the world, and established a global empire.

Padrao dos Descobrimentos

From the top of Padrao dos Descobrimentos, you get a good view of Empire Square. The impressive old building is Mosteiro (monastery) dos Jeronimos.

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Nearby is Torre de Belem, a 16th century fortress meant to destroy enemy ships.

Torre de Belem

In the Eastern part of the City, things look decidedly different! This whole part is being rebuilt.

Parke das Nacoes

The bridge you see in the background in the picture above is more than 17 km long. It is the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, seen in more detail below.

Ponte Vasco da Gama