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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  • The beautiful building has now been converted into a luxury hotel. The view of the Vacso da Gama bridge is beautiful. The decor very nice and impressive!
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  • Beautiful and modern Tower, one of the symbols of the Parque das nações. Must be magnificent views of your top level, but unfortunately closed to public
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  • Has ^ close to the city center of Lisbon, this is a place which is not d-interest. The building is a jewel of modern architecture by the sea, is worth a visit. You can enjoy the ride by cable car just next door. And while one is in the sector, push the walk to the aquarium.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • It has a beautiful view and you can take care fantastic pictures But the tower is an hotel and you can't go there freely.
  • Great views

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