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Vasco da Gama Bridge

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PTE Vasco da Gama
Lisbon, Portugal

38.7580° N, 9.0375° W

Vasco da Gama Bridge (Ponte Vasco do Gama) crosses the Tagus River and connects the modern Parque das Nações district with the Montijo área of Lisbon. It is the longest bridge in Europe, its length is 17.2 km. Construction of the Vasco da Gama Bridge began in 1995. Not a cent was allocated from the national budget for the construction of the bridge. Private company paid for all of the work. The approximate expense of the project costed the developer 900 million euros. The manufacturing company received the right to pay tolls on both bridges in Lisbon for 40 years. The construction took three years. A year and a half of preparation, a year and a half of the construction itself. 3300 workers were involved. 11 people tragically died, when a construction cradle fell from a height of 45 meters in 1997. Thanks to all the calculations and meticulous design, the Vasco da Gama bridge is able to withstand a wind force of 250 km / h and an earthquake several times stronger than those currently known. The mouth of the Tagus River is a protected area where many flamingos and ducks come to spend the winter every year. Therefore, designers created the lighting of the bridge minimally entering the river to not disturb the birds and fish at night.
It was commissioned in 1998 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the sea route to India by Vasco da Gama. A truly grandiose construction also ended with a great celebration. It even got into the Guinness Book of Records three times: On March 22 in 1998, a festive table, 5050 meters long, was laid on the bridge for 15 thousand people. The largest Feijoada in the world was prepared as a treat (a stew of beans and several types of meat and sausage). After the celebration, 15.000 dishes were washed with 1 liter of detergent. You can take a ride across the bridge only by taxi or by own car. Anyway, your experience may be comparable to the trip on a cableway. Besides, under the bridge, there is a beautiful green park with walking alleys, lawns, bike paths, skate spots, and many cafes.
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