The capital of Portugal
has experienced a renaissance in recent years
and has reclaimed its rightful place as the 'golden
city' of southern Europe.
After slumbering for
decades, the city's modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan
identity is today much similar to that which it
enjoyed in the 15th and 16th centuries during
the age of the great discoverers, when Lisbon
was the centre of trade with the East and the
starting point for maritime exploration of the
The city fathers of Lisbon
elected to invest in some rejuvenation in the
1990s, and this ongoing focus on the future has
made the most of the city's attributes and attractions,
both old and new.
Infrastructure has also been
improved, with additions like the impressive Vasco
da Gama Bridge across the River Tagus, which links
the city's airport to a network of national motorways
and has facilitated access to other parts of Portugal.
There is also a new showcase
railway hub, the Gare de Oriente, which is the
pride of a new modern suburb on the east bank
of the Tagus, called Santiago Calatrava, linking
Lisbon to the rest of Europe.
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