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Explore the hidden corners of Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city is rich in history with delicious details ever-present for those who look in the right places.

[↑] After nearly 85 per cent of the city was destroyed during an earthquake in 1755, the city was rebuilt following the Pombaline style of architecture, which is designed to withstand earthquakes.

[↑] The azulejo tileworks are a quintessential sight lining the streets of Lisbon. The blue tiles got popular in the later 1600s, inspired by Chinese porcelain.

[↑] Much like the yellow cabs of New York City, the yellow trams of Lisbon are a signature part of the city.

[↑] Lisbon is the second oldest capital city in the world and its historic centre has been built on seven hills. This means that the buildings are stacked almost on top of each other, each street higher than the next.

[↑] Many streets in Lisbon are as steep as they get. The easiest way to get around is by a scooter or the sturdy little trams that easily climb the hills.

[↑] In addition to the azulejos tiles, Lisbon is full of delightful visual details such as the decorative front doors that give character to Lisbon buildings.

[↑] One of the best features of Lisbon are its iconic red roofs, which are best experienced from one of the seven hills.

[↑] The Santa Catarina viewpoint offers stunning vistas over the rooftops of Lisbon. This is where the locals gather in the evenings to meet and listen to live music.

Text and photos Jussi Ratilainen

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