Aug 9, 2008

25 de Abril Bridge

(Lisboa, Portugal) Renamed to commemorate the Carnation Revolution, the 25 de Abril Bridge the city of Lisbon to the city of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus River.

The bridge opened on August 6, 1966 and a lower train platform was added to the structure in 1999. The bridge is sometimes compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco due to structural similarities and the use of the same construction company.

Until 1974 the bridge was known as Salazar Bridge after former fascist dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, but there is nothing like a revolution to bring about name changes on buildings, bridges, and parks. Of course, a legacy of jailed and dead politial opponents - plus a history of stubborn insistence on colonialism long after this philosophy became discredited - were likely considerations in the collective rejection of Salazar as a political icon worthy of veneration on items like bridges.

1 comment:

microdot said...

I am very interested in the use of glaxed ceramic tiles in Portuguese architecture. If you see any worth a picture...????
There are a number of European cities with a tradition of glazzed ceramic in buuilding exteriors and interiors, the one thing they have in common is there locations...near the sea.
I wonder if it is the property of the glazed surface to with stand the corrosiveness of the sea breezes?