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Vasco da Gama Bridge

Europe's longest bridge



Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon


Vasco da Gama Bridge is 17km (11 miles) long (10km/6 miles of which pass over water), making it the longest bridge in Europe when it opened in 1998 and still today one of the longest in the world (it has the same length as the road-rail tunnel-bridge linking Denmark and Sweden).

Its vastness forced engineers to factor in the curvature of the Earth during its construction. That makes it a superb feat of engineering, made up of several sections supported by pillars, built at a cost of one billion US dollars.

It was inaugurated on March 31, 1998 after only 18 months of construction, and just in time to carry visitors from southern Portugal, Spain, and other parts of Europe to Expo98.

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Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon

Visitor's Guide

Where: Parque das Nações
How: Metro - Oriente Station


Attractions Nearby

Oceanarium - An odyssey of sea creatures in a state-of-the-art building.
Oriente Station - A stunning modern station.
Portugal Pavillion - A gravity-defying structure.
Altice Arena - A UFO-like arena.
Interactive Science Museum - Scientific exhibits with cutting-edge technology.
Vasco da Gama Tower - The city's tallest building with a panoramic viewing platform.





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