Parque das Nações
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Once an Industrial Area, Now a Lively Neighborhood
The most recently polished neighborhood in Lisbon was an industrial area until the 1990s. The changes began when this site was chosen for Expo 98, the last world's fair of the 20th century. I still remember how the site looked, during the complicated times when the fair and all its infrastructure started to be built (think traffic jams). But the Expo ’98 was a great achievement, and fortunately afterwards, the site wasn’t abandoned. Atlantic Pavilion is used for concerts and other performances. A shopping center, Vasco da Gama, was built. And there is a casino. But one of the most important highlights is the Oceanarium, one of the world’s most impressive aquariums. Let’s not forget the very impressive landmark Oriente Train Station, with the signature Santiago Calatrava, and also Portugal Pavillion, by the famous Portuguese architect Siza Vieira, with its outstanding undulating roof. Walk to the north, to Vasco da Gama’s bridge, for a peaceful walk along the river.
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