The Portuguese Capital is located at the mouth of the river Tejo and is close to the westernmost point of mainland Europe. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen from various lookouts over the city and from high-rise buildings. Another name for Lisboa is "cidade das Sete Colines". It was founded by the Phoenicians calling it "Alis Ubbo" - a safe harbour. During Roman times it was an important city, later it was invaded by Germanic tribes. In 711 AC it was taken over by Muslim forces and stayed under Arabic rule till 1147 when the crusader knights put the city under control of Afonso I of Portugal. In 1256 the capital of the Portuguese kingdom was moved from Coimbra to Lisboa. Soon the first university was founded. The city became an important trading place, with the colonialization reaching out to Africa, India, Far East and Brazil. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed most buildings in the city, the part of the lower old towns was completely new built with modern rectangular roads. Today, Lisboa is one of the alpha-level global cities of the world and is an important hub for business with former colonies. It is also a tourist hot spot and queueing at famous places cannot be prevented ...
breakfast panorama at Ibis
view from breakfast room at Ibis

cruise ship at the port in front of Alfama

view to Western old town

view to Southern old town

view to Eastern old town with Castelo São Jorge
tourist tram
tourist special tram
Tram 28
historic tram n. 28
museo do azulejo
museo do azulejo


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