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Riverfront

Lisboa and the Tagus River have a love affair that lasts from the birth of the city to the presente day.
Although at some times this relationship has lost its charm, from the 80s of  last century, a new look led to the retoration of some places that today are worth mentioning as important urban complexes.
Thus, the city already photogenic, became more scenic than ever, providing natural scenes of contagious beauty throughout the Riverfront, Praça do Comércio and Parque das Nações area.

Before

According to some historians, since the 12th century BC the seaworthiness of the Tagus River allowed for the creation of a commercial port on the north bank of Lisbon. Its last conquest, being by the Moors, lasted until the conquest of the city in 1147 d. C. by D. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal.
In the 18th century the first regular shipping service from the Mediterranean to England and Northern Europe started, passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, with Lisbon as a compulsory stopover for all vessels transiting the Portuguese coast. Having always been seen as a crucial area for the defence and enlargement of our nationality, the riverfront lived a time of glory during the period of the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries (16th century), with the caravels sailing off to conquer new worlds and returning from them with unique, exotic and valuable products to transact. It was also at this time that the defensive system of the Tagus estuary was reinforced by the construction of fortresses, such as Torre de Belém.
In 1500 the Royal Palace of King Manuel I sets up in the Palace Square (Terreiro do Paço), whose features are profoundly changed, as well as the border areas, after the earthquake of 1755 in the days of Prime-Minister Marquis of Pombal.
In rebuilding the city the commercial importance of the port is maintained, and, by the nineteenth century, with the advent of the steam engine, the need to modernize the port becomes urgent, culminating with the inauguration, by D.Luís I, of the great works of the port of Lisbon, on October 31th, 1887.

AFTER

The Port of Lisbon is a major European port of Atlantic orientation with great emphasis on major cruise lines, having received in 2011 the award for Best International Port for Cruises (2nd edition of the Cruise Excellence Awards - Atlantic and northern Europe).
With the urban redevelopment, which began in the 90s of the twentieth century, the river was returned to the city, without losing the port, which has permanently been the scenario for large fireworks shows, major concerts, exhibitions and others.
The conservation and conversion of the architectural heritage relating to the industrial and port activity - Electricity Central, warehouses, railway, docks and surrounding areas - has led to the emergence of new cultural and leisure facilities, namely museums, bars, restaurants and gardens.
Throughout its use, the basin of the Lisbon port, being sheltered and deep, has proved to be a place with great sailing conditions for both large ships, transoceanic ships, and water sport boats.
Moreover, nowadays, it has a major multimodal logistics infrastructure for anyone visiting the city - a connection by rail and road.Over a circuit between Belém and the area of Parque das Nações, the Lisbon riverfront offers about 18km of fun and leisure, with several  restaurants, bike paths, tourist attractions, museums, docks and cruise terminals, among others.

 

 

Belém                          Praça do Comércio     Parque das Nações