25th April Bridge, Lisbon

Discover the history behind this iconic bridge which unites the North and the South margin of Lisbon.

25th April Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal
25th April Bridge © Antonio Sacchetti

The 25th April Bridge started by being named the Salazar’s Bridge, and it is, even nowadays, one of the most busy bridges in Portugal.

The project of constructing a bridge which united both sides of the Tagus river dates back to 1876. Nevertheless, only in 1962 started the works to build this bridge. In total, this bridge was constructed in less than 4 years.

The initial project predicted the inclusion of the railway transport as well as road transport, simultaneously. Yet, only in 1999 where concluded the works the include the train that allowed the urbanistic explosion on the south margin of the river, connecting Lisbon to Algarve.

On this bridge, 300 thousand cars pass everyday as well as 157 trains which carry 80 thousand passengers per day.

On the date of its inauguration, this was the biggest suspended bridge in the world, outside United States.

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