Parque das nações

The Parque das Nações urban development project covers 340 hectares, including 5 km of river front property on the Tagus River estuary. It includes 60 ha encompassing the Olivais Dock - a 1940's airport for hydroplanes, and site of the 1998 World Exposition. The development's first phase laid the foundations: designed as a public space and hosting EXPO'98, it is a self-contained urban whole, with residential quarters, stores, services, urban infrastructure, parking facilities and parks. The urban "concept" called for re-establishing the link between City and River. Environment and landscape were to be restored, usefulness rediscovered. The development was to be woven into the city's fabric and contribute to defining the city as a whole, while becoming a new pole of attraction in its own right within the greater Lisbon area. EXPO'98 was more than just a chance for improving the environment and urban renewal. It was an opportunity to both modernize and internationalize Lisbon. Municipalities worked together for reconversion and renewal, ensuring accessibility and transport, when planning shopping centers, services and infrastructure, and for urban planning and in sponsoring ambitious events.


Cable car

Connecting the Vasco da Gama Tower to the Lisbon Oceanarium above the riverfront and covering a distance of over 1 Km, the cable car ride offers a unique perspective on the sights of the Parque das Nações, a bird's-eye view from 20 metres above the ground.

Vasco da Gama Tower

The Vasco da Gama Tower was designed to be the symbol of Expo'98 and to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of a sea route to India. The tower is situated on the right banks of the Tagus River, and actually faces eastwards. A large deck symbolizes the bow of a ship. The towers shape is meant to remind one of the times of the discoveries, an effect achieved by the mast and crows nest, home to the panoramic restaurant and deck, affording spectacular views of the Tagus River estuary, the Atlantic Ocean as well as a good part of greater Lisbon. Access inside the tower/mast to the 104 metre high crows nest deck is via the panoramic elevators. The tower rises to a total height of 140 m.

Lisbon Oceanarium

The Lisbon Oceanarium was conceived and designed by the American architect Peter Chermayeff. It is the mission of the Lisbon Oceanarium to contribute toward global conservation by entertaining, inspiring and educating through bringing people into intimate and emotional contact with the marine environment and its inhabitants. Inhabited by 15,000 animals and plants representing over 450 different species, the Lisbon Oceanarium is constituted by 30 tanks that hold around 7 million litres of seawater! Visitors will never cease to be amazed throughout their journey at and below the sea level of the Atlantic, Antarctic, Pacific and Indian oceans. They will see the beauty of the Pacific\u2019s Kelp forest, inhabited by fascinating marine otters; and watch magellanic penguins as they make vertiginous dives into the Antarctic\u2019s icy waters. The giant central aquarium populated by larger animals such as sharks, rays and barracudas, offers a unique opportunity to become immersed within a single Ocean.

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