Lisbon

June 12, 2009

We started the day in the Praca do Comercio which is a plaza that sits on the edge of the city right next to the river.  This plaza is of the Plaza Mayor style with the tree sides not facing the water all having matching facades with a central gate to one of the major streets(and no cars are allowed on it) in the city.

Gate to Rua Augusta from Praca do Comercio

Gate to Rua Augusta from Praca do Comercio

We headed through the gate and up Rua Augusta.

Rua Augusta

Rua Augusta

From here we headed up the hill to a plaza before heading back down using the Santa Justa Lift.  This lift was designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel and was completed in 1902.

Santa Justa Lift

Santa Justa Lift

View from Santa Justa Lift

View from Santa Justa Lift

From the lift we continued to walk the city and look at the plazas that are spread throughout.  The next major plaza we came upon was Rossio Square.

Rossio Square

Rossio Square

Rossio Square is at the end of Rua Augusta and acts as the connection between that older road and the newer Avenida da Liberdade.

Rossio Square from Santa Justa Lift

Rossio Square from Santa Justa Lift

Just off Rossio Square is the Rossio Train Station.  It is one of the major train stations in the city and is famous for its architecture.

Rossio Train Station Entry

Rossio Train Station Entry

It is especially intresting the contrast between the Neo-Manueline facade and the more modern train shed.

Rossio Train Station Train Shed

Rossio Train Station Train Shed

We went up Avenida da Liberdade which is designed after the Avenues in Paris.  Almost every city in Europe tried to copy the Paris model of building these large wide avenues that organize these older cities chaotic streets.

Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade

After lunch, we went to head up to the Castle of Sao Jorge.  Unfortunately because of the Festival of Santo Antonio the tram that heads up there was shut down.

Hill up to Castle of Sao Jorge

Hill up to Castle of Sao Jorge

So we ended up walking up the hill in order to get to the Castle of Sao Jorge.  From there we headed back down and took the Metro to the Estacao de Oriente in order to get tickets for a latter bus.  It took a while to get the tickets but afterward we wandered into the fairgrounds of the Expo 98.

Expo 98

Expo 98

One of the most interesting buildings is the Portugal Pavilion designed by Alvaro Siza.  This buildings main feature is its hanging  concrete roof which spans 65 meters.

Portugal Pavilion

Portugal Pavilion

There was an interesting series of fountains that were cones that exploded water like volcanoes.

Volcano Fountain

Volcano Fountain

We also found that one of the expo buildings was turned into a casino where I stopped in quickly and made 5 Euros.  The casino was a pretty nice building.

Casino

Casino

Photos of Lisbon

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