Salazar Bridge
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The Salazar Bridge
In 1966, Portugal completed the longest suspension bridge in the world ( at that time). It was known as the Salazar Bridge named for Antonio Salazar who was the Prime Minister. The bridge finally linked Lisbon with the south bank and crossed the Tagus River. After the bloodless revolution of 1974, the bridge was renamed the April 25th Bridge. In 1999, the train railway deck was added under the main bridge. When I go over the bridge, I observe the beauty and strength of the construction. The views of Lisbon, the Tagus, and the Christo Rei statue on the south bank are spectacular. This graceful bridge is just the thing to photograph. If you are standing on the ramparts of the Castelo Sao Jorge in the Alfama you can see downtown Lisbon, the bridge, and the statue. Another great spot is at the riverfront at the Praca do Comercio in Lisbon. When in Lisbon, try to drive over the bridge and you will also be awed by this huge structure.
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