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Lisboa always offers something special to its visitors and however many descriptions you have read, you will only know which Lisboa is yours once you have arrived here.
We will lend the climate, colors, gastronomy, history, diverse culture life and the breathtaking landscape in the surroundings to your visit. Legend has it that Lisbon was founded by Ulysses. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”.
Most likely the city was founded by the Phoenicians and later styled by the Moors which shows in the strong Arabic influences in the city structure. Lisboa was, after all, ruled by the Moors for 450 years.
In the 12th century the Christians re-conquered the city but it was not until the mid 13th century that Lisboa became the country’s capital. With the beginning of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries Lisboa was enriched serving as centre of the trade with spices and jewellery.
The breakthrough for Portuguese expansion came in 1498 when Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India. This was indeed the beginning of a golden age, characterized by the Manueline architectural style named after King Manuel I with its typical decorative use of maritime motifs.
Naturally Lisboa grew and changed over the centuries. After the city suffered a devastating earthquake in 1755, recontructions were organised by Marquês de Pombal who created the Baixa Pombalina concept, a commercial area in the city centre that still retains much of its original lay out.
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