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Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge Lissabon II by Elstrup

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The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril “25th of April Bridge”, Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõt(ɨ) ˈvĩt i ˈsĩku ðɨ ɐˈβɾiɫ]) is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999. Because it is a suspension bridge and has similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, US. It was built by the American Bridge Company which constructed the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, but not the Golden Gate. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper deck carries six car lanes, while the lower deck carries two train tracks electrified at 25 kV AC. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge. The name “25 de Abril” commemorates the Carnation Revolution.

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First Great Navigators-II- by joscarati

Western view of the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon (Portugal).

From right to left:

-Afonso V of Portugal
-Peter, Duke of Coimbra (son of King John I of Portugal)
-Queen Philippa of Lancaster
-Fernão Mendes Pinto (explorer and writer)
-Gonçalo de Carvalho (missionary Dominican)
-Henrique de Coimbra (missionary franciscan)
-Luís de Camões (renaissance poet who celebrated the navigations in the epic Lusiads)
-Nuno Gonçalves (painter)
-Gomes Eanes de Zurara (chronicler)
-Pêro da Covilhã (traveller)
-Jácome de Maiorca (cartographer)
-Pedro Escobar (pilot)
-Pedro Nunes (mathematician)
-Pêro de Alenquer (pilot)

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“Vasco da Gama” Bridge at Night by bahutofotografia

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and rangeviews that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nações in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts, with a total length of 17.2 kilometres (10.7 mi), including 0.8 kilometres (0.50 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads. Its purpose is to alleviate the congestion on Lisbon’s other bridge (25 de Abril Bridge), and to join previously unconnected motorways radiating from Lisbon.

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A Pause at Sundown by paulofurtado

“The summer sun is sinking low;
Only the tree-tops redden and glow:
Only the weathercock on the spire
Of the neighboring church is a flame of fire;
All is in shadow below.

O beautiful, awful summer day,
What hast thou given, what taken away?
Life and death, and love and hate,
Homes made happy or desolate,
Hearts made sad or gay!

On the road of life one mile-stone more!
In the book of life one leaf turned o’er!
Like a red seal is the setting sun
On the good and the evil men have done,–
Naught can to-day restore!”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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