Place

The City of Lisbon

  



Lisbon had been the capital of the country since the 13th century, mainly due to its central location and the excellent connection with the Atlantic. During the maritime discoveries and the centuries that followed Lisbon was one of the major centres of Europe: people, commodities, richness from all over the World arrived there and was sent to all other major cities in the Old Continent. With the industrial revolution Lisbon gained new areas and some heavy industries were located in its surroundings; the population grew significantly.

Lisbon is located at the North bank of the Tagus River. The city occupies an area of 84.94 km2 and its city boundaries, unlike those of most major cities, are narrowly defined by its historical centre. The rest of the urbanised area of the Lisbon metropolitan area is known generically as Greater Lisbon Nowadays this region concentrates a significant part of the country's population: circa 3 million people (approximately 1/3 of Portugal's population) live there. Inside the city limits the number of permanent inhabitants exceeds 500.000.


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