Lisbon Portugal


May 11, 2008

Lisbon Portugal

Category: Lisbon – admin – 6:53 am

Lisbon is not only the biggest city of Portugal, it’s also the capital. The centre of the city has 560.000 inhabitants. By all districts in the greater area around Lisabon it’s possible to count more than 2,8 million people.

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The capital of Portugal is built on seven hills, and offers a breathtaking atmosphere for the visitor, with a lot of World Heritage monuments. Legendary cafés and art nouveau shops increase the impression of a lovely metropolis on Europes Western border.

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As Lisbon is located directly next to the sea, the city has also sandy beautiful beaches to offer. The hot temperatures during summer time makes it to a pleasant amusement to jump and dive into the water.

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The city was already existing when Julius Caesar was in power. Lisbon was a part of the Roman Empire, and was known under the name “Felicitas Julia”. Also the Islam had its time in Lisbon, and ruled the city until the first half of the 12th century.

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The rise of Lisbon started in 1147, when the city was conquered by the Christian crusader Afonso Henriques. Since then on, the political, economic, and cultural importance of Lisbon was increasing rapidly.

Lisbon is known to have a very mild climate. It’s supposed that the city is one of the mildest European capitals. Summer months are usually sunny, hot and dry.

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