Vasco da Gama Tower, Lisbon

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The Vasco da Gama Tower is a 145m lattice tower with skyscraper in the civil parish of Parque das Nações, the municipality of Lisbon, in Portugal. Built on the north bank of the Tagus river, it is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (the first European to arrive in India by sail, in 1498).HistoryThe tower was built in 1998 for the Expo '98 World's Fair. At the base of the tower was a three-story building that served as the European Union Pavilion during the Expo.While they were open, the tower was the tallest structure in Portugal open to the public (excluding bridges).The base of the building was to be leased for office space after the closing of the Expo, but never found tenants. Instead, it was used for one-off events, like the world premiere of the new Mini car in 2001.Both the observation deck and the restaurant were closed in October 2004.In 2006, the tower was climbed by Alain Robert, a solo urban climber, who was sponsored by Optimus Telecommunications (a Portuguese mobile phone company) as part of a mobile marketing campaign.
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  • We think of the Tower of Dubai... Very nice view from the gondola because the tour does not visit, this is a private hotel!
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  • It funds to bin in the by the nation now hotel is light that we see against end of the Nations
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  • To the world dog show, only the tower stood, now a hotel complex that has been grown, what a little reminiscent of Dubai. But with such comparisons is always to be expected in Lisbon and to see.
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  • Interesting architecture. General public is not allowed to go up.
  • When originally built was a bit of a folly but extended into the sail shape when the hotel added. you cannot go up unless you are staying at the hotel which is a shame, Lisbon council should have kept the top a viewing platform open to the public, and even chargeable, would have been a good source of income and employment. Didnt stay here so couldn't tell you for sure but I imagine it is spectacular over the estuary and bridge
  • Really cool tower with a great view of the sea from the obvservation deck at the top.
  • Beautiful to see, also for the environment. It is reachable also via tele cabin. Absolutely recommended. If you can also stay in the hotel inside, it is even better...The bridge, vety close, is amazing.
  • Could not go up but it's beautiful skyscraper (or so) for lisbon.
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