Classic Lisbon Trams
Legend says that Lisboa was founded by Ulysses. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”.
Most likely it was founded by the Phoenicians and styled by the Moors which shows in the strong Arabic influences. With the beginning of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, Lisbon prospered as it became a spice and jewellery trade centre.
Praça do Comércio
The breakthrough for Portuguese expansion came in 1498 when Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India. This was the beginning of a golden age, characterised by the Manueline architectural style named after King Manuel I, with its typical decorative use of maritime motifs.
When the city centre was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, it was rebuilt by Marquês de Pombal who went on to create the Baixa Pombalina, a commercial area that today still retains much of its original lay out.
Over the centuries the city has changed. The old side of the city has embraced progress with the creation of Parque das Nações. A modern side of the city with qualified spaces such as: the Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion), the Pavilhão Atlântico (Atlantic Pavilion), the Oceanário (Oceanarium), the FIL (International Exhibition Centre), and the Estação do Oriente (train station).