15/06/2008

#167 - Trip over the Tagus River

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"The 25th of April Bridge, also known as Bridge over the Tagus (Ponte sobre o Tejo), was inaugurated in 1966 with the name “Salazar Bridge”, the dictator who had it built. It was later renamed to commemorate the “Carnation Revolution” that happened on the 25th of April 1974. This was a day of "bloodless revolution." In the Carnation Revolution, the soldiers placed carnations in the muzzles of their rifles as they led the revolt against the world's longest dictatorship. This suspension bridge is very similar in appearance to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is 2.278km long and leaves Lisbon at high level above Alcântara and makes landfall at Almada on the southern bank of the river. Particularly busy during weekends, traffic jams can be avoided by taking the recently-built Vasco da Gama bridge or leaving your car on a parking lot and taking the train that passes on the under side of the bridge since 1999. "
Font: Lisbon - The Complete Holiday Destination Guide

In the last photo you can see the missing Whell that Sailor Girl have been blogging about!

8 comments:

George Townboy said...

Beautiful pictures of the bridge!! And great history lesson. The last picture is awesome and I'm sure Sailor Girl will be SO HAPPY the wheel has been found!!

Awesome post!

cocabixinhos said...

LOL, thank you! you so sweet, but I forgot to say that was a photo of 4th May, I supose, I dont know when sailor girl took hers!!

Sailor Girl said...

THERE SHE IS!! AHA!! ATTA GIRL!!!
(well, there she used to be, before it went GONE... perhaps with the wind...) LOOLL

GREAT PHOTOS, UMA!!

Sailor Girl said...

HEY! Can you see underneath the second horizontal fence? It's a beautiful chapel which has the shape of a Ship! I have been willing to go there to take a photograph, but time is not abundant right now!

Sailor Girl said...

It might have been a «bloodless revolution», but it ruined the economy... (and put many innocent people in jail or forced them to run away from the country).

All banks and insurance companies etc were nationalized, but some years afterwards they were reprivatized again, some of them bought by foreign interests (namely spanish), who now also own many streets and avenues. Remember the game «Monopoly»??

Peace and Love...

uma por dia said...

Peace an Love Sailor, I love to know that you see the really truth of what is happening here too!! All this makes me very sad and I dont know how people are all the time remembering the Liberty Day and forgotten its meaning!
PARECES EU!!!

Joao Quaresma said...

Hear, hear. Decency went out of fashion, along with many good things.

cocabixinhos said...

WOW! Another awake Portuguese!!