Although Lisbon was badly damaged by an earthquake in the middle of the 18th century, it was reborn from ruins very soon according to the project of the Marquis of Pombal, and today, in the city, you can find reminders of its glorious royal past at every step: beautiful churches and monasteries, elegant palaces, also pompous monuments to Portuguese kings.
Lisbon (Lisboa) was founded by Phoenician settlers in 1200 BC. Since the 13th century, it has been the capital of Portugal. The city is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country and the closest European capital to the United States. After Athens, Lisbon is the second-oldest capital in Europe.
Lisbon is a city that inspires creation. Quiet, sun-filled landscapes of burnt-out red roofs, blue and white facades, spires of ancient churches, traditional-style pavements underfoot, and ships passing under a red bridge along the Tagus River.
Useful information about Lisbon
Area: 100 km² / 38 sq mi
Elevation: 2 m / 7 ft
Coordinates: 38° 42′ 27” N, 9° 8′ 11” W
Lisbon is set on seven hills at the wide mouth of the Tagus, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, in Portugal.
Where to stay: Best Hotels in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, like Paris, does not have a medieval 14th–16th century-old town that can be found in Vilnius, Tallinn, or other European capitals, so its historic center of the 18–20th-century seems to me too large and a bit boring. The graffiti in the city center does not look like a creative artistic expression, but egocentric vandalism which is damaging the historical heritage.
I like to visit cities set on hills so the picturesque landscape of Lisbon is inspiring me so much. Also, the old yellow trams – they look very attractive on the narrow streets. If I ever come to Lisbon again, I will take a long walk along the Tagus River and the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, it would be so romantically beautiful!
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