"A little History about LISBON" Portugal Things to Do Tip by Hosell

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This interesting and very endearing city was made the official capital of the Kingdom of Portugal in 1256 although it had been in the Christian hands since 1147 when Afonso Henriques had liberated the town from the Moors.. Even today the foundations of Roman buildings are being discovered pointing to its importance of its location throughout the ages. Like most other capitals in Europe, Lisbon has its own individual character influenced and molded by its own history and its inhabitants. (For the purpose of this brief description most historical factors have mainly been left to the many good available guidebooks). Lisbon has in its existence recorded several serious earthquakes, one in 1505 and a second in 1512. However, due to the last and very destructive earthquake in 1755 the centre of this city was virtually completely destroyed.

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  • Updated Jul 2, 2004
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