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Saturday, January 28, 2012
25 DE ABRIL BRIDGE - LISBON, PORTUGAL
25 de Abril Bridge
Golden Gate's twin sister
Completed in 1966 and originally named after dictator Salazar, this suspension bridge across the Tagus River changed its name after the revolution of April 25, 1974.It is a spectacular sight from any direction, with an overall length of 2278m (approx. 1.5 miles), and the longest central span in Europe (1013m/3323ft), longer than San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which it resembles.Its foundations also hold the world record by going 80m (262ft) below the riverbed to stand on basalt rock.Underneath it is an attractivedockand marina filled overlooked by restaurants and bars.
Monument to Christ Christ opens His arms to the city
Built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during WWII, this enormous monument to Christ was inspired by the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro. The 28m (90ft) figure of Christ opens its arms to Lisbon, and there is a sweeping view of the city and25 de Abril Bridge from the top of the 82m (270ft) high pedestal (reached by an elevator). To reach it take the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre Station across the river to Cacilhas, from where there are buses (number 101) outside the station that stop right by the monument.