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Avreise fra Oslo Lufthavn 12 mai 2001 via
Heathrow til Lisboa.

I Lisboa bodde vi på hotel Excelsior

Hotellet ligger i en sidegate til den store rundkjøringen
Marquis of Pombal

Bilde under:

The Marquis of Pombal Square Portuguese: Praça do Marquês
Pombal is an important roundabout in the city of Lisbon, Portugal.
It is located between the Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)
and the Eduardo VII Park in the former parish of Coração de Jesus
and in the quarter of Santo António.
The square is the radiating point for various important avenues:
Liberdade, Duque de Loulé and Fontes Pereira de Melo, as well as
the streets Braamcamp and Joaquim António de Aguiar.

In the middle of the roundabout there is a large column dedicated to
him, built between 1917 and 1934 and created by Adães Bermudes,
António Couto and Francisco Santos. A bronze statue of the Marquess
is on the top (40 m), with a lion - symbol of power - by his side. The
lower part of the base is surrounded by several allegorical figures,
"namely the female figure symbolizing« re-built Lisbon »and three
sculptural groups evoking the reforms carried out by the Marquess
looking towards the Baixa Pombalina, the area of Lisbon that was
rebuilt under his direction after the disastrous 1755
Lisbon earthquake.
Marquis of Pombal Square - Wikipedia
Søndag 13. mai  2001

Vi oppholdet i Lisboa med å ta en tur med en


1. stopp var på Expo 98

Rundkjøringen Marquis of Pombal
The Vasco da Gama Bridge Portuguese: Ponte Vasco da Gama is a
cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts that spans the Tagus River in
Parque das Nações in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
It is the longest bridge in the European Union, and the second longest
in all of Europe after the Crimean Bridge with a total length of 12.3
kilometres (7.6 mi), including 0.8 kilometres (0.50 mi) for the main
bridge and 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) in viaducts. The bridge is served
by 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) of dedicated access roads. It was built to
alleviate the congestion on Lisbon's 25 de Abril Bridge, and eliminate
the need for traffic between the country's northern and southern
regions to pass through the capital city.
Construction began in February 1995; the bridge was opened to
traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World's Fair
that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da
Gama of the sea route from Europe to India.
Vasco da Gama Bridge - Wikipedia
Vasco da Gama Bridge
Vasco da Gama Tower
The cable car was finished
in 1998 and it covers a
total distance of 1,2km.
At most 8 people can sit in
one carrier, but if you want
to be only two persons
alone, then that is
normally possible.
Cable car (Telecabine) -
Guide to Lisbon

The tower was built in
1998 for the Expo '98
World's Fair.
At the base of the tower
was a three-story building
that served as the
European Union Pavilion
during the Expo.

While they were open, the
tower was the tallest
structure in Portugal
open to the public
(excluding bridges).

The base of the building was to be leased for office space after the
closing of the Expo, but never found tenants. Instead, it was used
for one-off events, like the world premiere of the new Mini car in 2001.

Both the observation deck and the restaurant were closed in October 2004.
Vasco da Gama Tower - Wikipedia


Expo 98

Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon -
Price and operating hours
The Santa Justa Lift is an
elevator in Lisbon and is
the fastest way to get
from the Baixa
neighbourhood to the
Bairro Alto district.
It was inaugurated as
one of the city’s public
transport systems on
10 July 1902 and was
called Elevador do Carmo
(Carmo Lift).
The Carmo Lift was
originally powered by
steam until the 6
November 1907, when
an electric motor was
put in place.

Fra Expo 98-område gikk til Lisboa sentrum.


Mandag 14. mai 2001
En skikkelig regnværsdag med torden og lyn.
Vi gikk først opp til Castelo de Sao Jaorge

São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) is one of Lisbon’s most
emblematic landmarks. The silhouette of the Castle stands out
both by day and when illuminated at night, located on the
summit of São Jorge hill, the highest in Lisbon. The hillside also
houses two of the city’s neighbourhoods called Alfama and
A small fortress was built by the Visigoths during the fifth century.
It was modified and enlarged by the Moors in the mid-eleventh
century and during the reign of Afonso I of Portugal (1109 – 1185),
it was altered and in later years transformed into a Royal Palace.
Finally, it was completely restored in 1938.
The Castle reached its maximum splendour during the thirteenth
century and lasted until the sixteenth century when it was
occupied by both the Kings of Portugal and the Bishop.

São Jorge Castle - Hours, prices and how to get there - Lisbon
São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge)
São Jorge Castle - Hours, prices and how to get there - Lisbon

Så tok vi en rundtur med trikken

Lisbon’s tram network was originally a practical, horse-drawn
way of getting around the Portuguese capital. Going fully
electric in 1902, the Rede de eléctricos de Lisboa had 27 lines at
its peak in 1959, before later going into a decline.
Now, the six existing lines are set to grow once more.
Originally entering service in 1873, Lisbon’s tram network once
covered the whole breadth of the city. Today, however, only the
southern and western areas of Lisbon have an operational tram
system, and the rest of the city is connected by a range of bus
and metro routes.
Still, the unique aesthetic of Lisbon’s trams draws tourists, who
keep hopping on board. The classic yellow carriages, known as

emodelados, have become a universally recognised symbol of
Lisbon, widely photographed and shared on social media.
Trams in general are known locally as 
A Complete Guide to the Picturesque Trams of Lisbon (theculturetrip.com)
Tirsdag 15. mai 2001
Vi tok toget ut fra byen til Belem.

Stasjonen i Belem

Belém Tower (Portuguese: Torre de Belém, officially the
Tower of Saint Vincent (Portuguese: Torre de São Vicente)

Torre de Belem,
Torre de São Vicente
) is a
16th-century fortification
located in Lisbon that
served as a point of
embarkation and
disembarkation for
Portuguese explorers and
as a ceremonial gateway
to Lisbon.
It was built during the
height of the Portuguese Renaissance,
and is a prominent example
of the Portuguese
Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.
The structure was built
from lioz limestone and is
composed of a bastion
and a 30-metre (98.4 ft),
four-storey tower.
Belém Tower - Wikipedia


Karl Martin er på Torre de Belem.

Broa er Ponte 25 de Abril, og elva er Tajo


Portuguese: Ponte 25 de Abril, 25th of April Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal,
to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tagus

It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966. It is often compared to the
Golden Gate Bridge
in San Francisco, because they are both
suspension bridges of similar color.

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 metres (7,470 ft), it is the 40th largest
suspension bridge in
the world and the largest bridge in Europe.
The upper deck carries six car lanes while the lower deck carries a
double track railway, electrified at 25 kV AC. The lower deck was

added in 1999.
25 de Abril Bridge - Wikipedia

Fra Torre de Belem

Tagus River, Portuguese Rio Tejo, Spanish Río Tajo, longest
waterway of
the Iberian Peninsula. It rises in the Sierra de
Albarracín of eastern Spain, at a point about 90 miles (150 km)
from the Mediterranean coast, and flows westward across
Spain and Portugal for 626 miles (1,007 km) to empty into the
Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon. Its drainage basin of 31,505 square
miles (81,600 square km) is only exceeded on the peninsula by
that of the Ebro River, to the northeast. The Tagus covers the
heart of Portugal and Spain and has been of vital importance to
the modern economic development of the two nations.
Tagus River | river, Iberian Peninsula | Britannica
Kart på
Sjøfartsmuseet i Belem


The Jerónimos Monastery
The Jerónimos Monastery replaced the church formerly existing
in the same place, which was dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém
and where the monks of the military-religious Order of Christ
provided assistance to seafarers in transit.
The harbour of Praia do Restelo was an advantageous spot for
mariners, with a safe anchorage and protection from the winds,
sought after by ships entering the mouth of the Tagus.
The existing structure was inaugurated on the orders of
Manuel I (1469–1521) at the courts of Montemor o Velho in 1495, as a
final resting-place for members of the House of Aviz, in his belief that an
Iberian dynastic kingdom would rule after his death. In 1496,
King Manuel petitioned the Holy See for permission to construct a
monastery at the site. The Hermitage of Restelo (Ermida do Restelo),
as the church was known, was already in disrepair when Vasco da
Gama and his men spent the night in prayer there before departing
on their expedition to the Orient in 1497 .
Moore about the Monastery: Jerónimos Monastery - Wikipedia
Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira
European Portuguese:  c. 1460s – 24 December 1524), was
a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India
by sea.
His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link
Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient.
This is widely considered a milestone in world history, as it
marked the beginning of a sea-based phase of global
multiculturalism. Da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India
opened the way for an age of global imperialism and enabled
the Portuguese to establish a long-lasting colonial empire in Asia.
The violence and hostage taking employed by da Gama and those
who followed also assigned a brutal reputation to the Portuguese
among India's indigenous kingdoms that would set the pattern
for western colonialism in the Age of Exploration.
Traveling the ocean route allowed the Portuguese to avoid
sailing across the highly disputed Mediterranean and traversing
the dangerous Arabian Peninsula.
The sum of the distances covered in the outward and return
voyages made this expedition the longest ocean voyage ever made
until then, far longer than a full voyage around the world by
way of the Equator
Vasco da Gama - Wikipedia
Belém is famous as a museum district, as the home of many of the
most notable monuments of Lisbon and Portugal alike, such as the
Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Padrão dos
Descobrimentos, and Belém Palace (official residence of the P
resident of Portugal). The population in 2011 was 16,528.

With the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal by Afonso III, royal
surveys, or inquirições gerais (general inquiries), were made at his
command to inspect titles of lands claimed by the nobility and clergy,
determined that the population around Lisbon was dispersed
throughout the lowlands, which were suitable for agriculture.
Consequently, Belém was connected to the neighbouring city by
a bridge at Alcântara. Belém's proximity to the River Tagus also
encouraged the development of commercial activities in the small
village of Aldeia do Restelo, which attracted mariners and other
seafarers seeking safe anchorage and protection from the winds
when they entered the river.
In the 14th century, Moors settled on and cultivated the
surrounding lands, providing the city with produce; other Moors,
both free and enslaved, worked in the fishing industry. Meanwhile,
settlement in Restelo grew slowly towards Lisbon
Belém (Lisbon) - Wikipedia

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
stands 170 Ft (52 m) tall. This stunning monument was designed to commemorate the Age of Discoveries in Portugal. It was
in 1960, on the fifth centenary of one of the
country’s great discoverers,

Prince Henry the Navigator, who discovered the Azores, Madeira
Cape Verde.
The tribute is located on the coast of Belém, near Lisbon and is
very close to other important sights like Belém Tower and
Jerónimos Monastery.

The Monument to the Discoveries is made up of a group of
sculptures that represent the prow of a caravel (a small sailing
ship constructed
by the Portuguese to explore the Atlantic Ocean).
Leading the ship is Prince Henry the Navigator and behind him
are many other great Portuguese discoverers.

Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon - Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon - Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Onsdag 16. mai 2001

Vi begynte dagen med en trikketur til
Geologisk museum og Botanisk Hage

Etterpå gikk vi litt rundt i byen.
Vi så blant annet
Águas Livres Aqueduct

bilde fra:
Águas Livres Aqueduct - Wikipedia

Vi var også på kjøpesenteret Amoreiras

Torsdag 16. mai 2001

Vi tok tog til Sintra.
Der startet vi lunsj på Cintia
Sintra is a major
tourist destination
in Portugal,
famed for its
and for its historic
palaces and castles.

The area includes the
Sintra-Cascais Nature
Park through which the Sintra Mountains
The historic center of the Vila de Sintra is famous for its
19th-century Romanticist
architecture, historicestates and villas,
gardens, and royal palaces and castles, which resulted in the
classification of the town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sintra's landmarks include the mediaeval Castle of the Moors,
the romanticist Pena National Palace and the Portuguese
Renaissance Sintra National Palace.
Sintra - Wikipedia

Deretter gikk vi til Palacio-Nacional

The Palace of Sintra (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional de Sintra), also
called Town Palace (Palácio da Vila), is located in the town of Sintra,
in the Lisbon District of Portugal. It is a present-day historic house
It is the best-preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal, being
inhabited more or less continuously from at least the early 15th
century to the late 19th century. It is a significant tourist attraction,
and is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Much of the palace dates from the times of King John I, who sponsored
a major building campaign starting around 1415.
Most buildings around the central courtyard - called the Ala Joanina
(John's Wing) - date from this campaign, including the main building
of the façade with the entrance arches and the mullioned windows in Manueline and Moorish styles called biforas, the conical chimneys
of the kitchen that dominate the skyline of the city, and many rooms.
Sintra National Palace - Wikipedia

Fra Sintra ser vi opp mit en borg fra 800-tallet
og et slott fra 1800-tallet.

The Moorish Castle was founded under Islamic rule, occupied a
then strategic position for defending both the surrounding
territory and the maritime access routes to the city of Lisbon.
The artefacts found on this site identify how, in between the
walls and their adjoining areas, there lived a population in an
area now named the Islamic Quarter.

The Moors lived here through to 1147, when Sintra was handed
over to Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, following
the conquest of the cities of Lisbon and Santarém,
The History of the Moorish Castle - Sintra (parquesdesintra.pt)


Isolated on its lofty perch, one of the peaks in the Sintra Hills, the
Moorish Castle is a fortification founded in the 10th century during
the period the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula.
Its famous walls snake across the hills with their granite blocks
interlinking boulders and cliffs.
Its parapet walk provides stunningly unique views out over the town,
the Palace of Pena and, further in the distance, the greens of these
hills contrast with the blues of the Atlantic Ocean.
Moorish Castle - Sintra (parquesdesintra.pt)

Fra borgen ser vi opp
Palácio da Pena på toppen av høyden.

The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the
Seven Wonders of Portugal.
It is also used for state occasions by the President of the
Portuguese Republic and other government officials.
Pena Palace - Wikipedia
The Pena Palace
(Portuguese: Palácio da Pena)
The castle's history started in the
Middle Ages when a chapel
dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was
built on the top of the hill above
According to tradition,
construction occurred after an
apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Det går buss opp til slottet,
men valgte å gå opp.

In the 18th century the monastery was severely damaged by lightning.
However, it was the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, occurring
shortly afterwards, that took the heaviest toll on the monastery,
reducing it to ruins. Nonetheless, the chapel (and its works of marble and alabaster attributed to Nicolau Chanterene) escaped
without significant damage.
For many decades the ruins remained untouched, but they still
astonished young prince Ferdinand. In 1838, as King consort
Ferdinand II, he decided to acquire the old monastery, all of the
surrounding lands, the nearby Castle of the Moors and a few other
estates in the area. King Ferdinand then set out to transform the
remains of the monastery into a palace that would serve as a
summer residence for the Portuguese royal family.
Pena Palace - Wikipedia

Palácio da Pena

Fredag 18. mai 2001

Siste hele dag i Portugal.
Vi reiste ut til Cascais og Estoril


Stranda i Cascais/Estoril.
Flott strand, men litt kaldt i vannet så tidlig på året.


Cascais's history as a popular seaside resort originated in the 1870s,
 when King Luís I of Portugal and the Portuguese royal family made
the seaside
town their residence every September, thus also
attracting members of the Portuguese nobility, who established a
summer community there.

Cascais is known for the many members of royalty who have lived
including King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, King
Juan Carlos I of
Spain, and King Umberto II of Italy. Exiled Cuban president Fulgencio Batista was also once a resident of the
municipality. The Casino Estoril inspired Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel Casino Royale.

The municipality is one of the wealthiest in both Portugal and the
Iberian Peninsula. It has one of the most expensive real estate
and one of the highest costs of living in the country and
is consistently
ranked highly for its quality of life.
Cascais - Wikipedia


The territory of Estoril has been inhabited for centuries, owing to its
climatic conditions and favourable environment.
Throughout the civil
parish there are scattered remains of these early
communities — Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs selected this area
for its strategic place in Western Europe.
There are remains of Roman
villas in the parish that push back the history of the region to the first
millennium, when the settlements of the coast were dependent on the
fishing ports. From these settlements, Estoril inherited a rich cultural
heritage, architecture, toponymy, habits and customs.
Estoril - Wikipedia

Lisbon; Portuguese: Lisboa, is the capital and the largest city of
Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 within its
administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2. Lisbon's urban area
extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population
of around 2.8 million people, being the 10th-most populous urban
area in the European Union.

About 3 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which
represents approximately 27% of the country's population. It is mainland Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one
along the Atlantic coast.

Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean
and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area, the Portuguese Riviera, form the westernmost point of Continental
Europe, culminating at Cabo da Roca.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest
European capital city (after Athens), predating other modern
European capitals by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium
called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the
Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been the
political, economic and cultural center of Portugal.
Lisbon - Wikipedia

Portugal officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese:
República Portuguesa , is a country located on the Iberian
Peninsula, in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign
state in mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by
the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory
also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira,
both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
The official and national language is Portuguese.
Portugal is the oldest nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one
of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled,
invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. It was inhabited by
pre-Celtic and Celtic peoples, visited by Phoenicians-Carthaginians,
Ancient Greeks and ruled by the Romans, who were followed by the
invasions of the Suebi and Visigothic Germanic peoples.

After the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, most of its territory
was part of Al-Andalus. Portugal as a country was established during
the early Christian Reconquista. Founded in 868, the County of
Portugal gained prominence after the Battle of São Mamede (1128).
The Kingdom of Portugal was later proclaimed following the Battle
of Ourique (1139), and independence from León was recognized by
the Treaty of Zamora (1143).
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global
maritime and commercial empire, becoming one of the world's major
economic, political and military powers. During this period, today
referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered
maritime exploration with the discovery of what would become
Brazil (1500). During this time Portugal monopolized the spice trade,
divided the world into hemispheres of dominion with Castile,
and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However,
events such as the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the country's occupation
during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822)
erased to a great extent Portugal's prior opulence
Portugal - Wikipedia

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