“Impressing contemporary architecture on the riverfront”
The futuristic architecture of the East of Lisbon is a complete contrast to the older neighborhoods of the city. Most were built by innovative architects for Expo 1998, the World Fair held in the capital of Portugal, from May to September 1998.
This show was really important to Lisbon, because it received a record of 130 countries and international organizations, coincided with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Vasco da Gama in India and also the “Year of the Oceans.”
The theme was “The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future” and the whole area in the far eastern sea of the city was rebuilt for the event. When finished, the new urban district was dubbed Parque das Nações, and was considered a great innovation in that time.
Most people arrive by subway, which stops at the impressive Oriente Station. From there, many are attracted to the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center or go directly to several popular attractions in the area.
The main highlight is the state-of-the-art Oceanarium, acclaimed as the world”s most impressive aquarium.
Other attractions include a modern casino, water gardens, an observation tower, a marina and a number of bars and restaurants with outdoor tables overlooking one of the largest bridges in the world. Two striking twin towers designed to resemble giant sailboats are apartments and office buildings to name two of the ships of Vasco da Gama, San Gabriel and San Rafael.
To visit the area, visitors can ride the cable car, which runs the length of the ground, near the river, giving stunning views along the path.