As I said before, the most important equipment in the Park of Nations is the Oceanarium. It includes a gigantic aquarium where you can see the global ocean.
> It's the largest aquarium in Europe.
Well, when i went there i thought it will be closed because there was dark already and we didn't know the schedule, but we went in time.
> Admission to the Oceanarium costs:
0-3 years old – free
4-12 years old – 4,50 EUR
13-65 years old – 9,00 EUR
+ 65 years old – 5,00 EUR
> Opening hours: every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Winter
10 a.m to 7 p.m at Summer
For more info go to : www.oceanario.pt
The vast area of Park of Nations where the World Exposition of 1998 took place is a space for public enjoyment. It is in the eastern part of Lisbon and included a wide and varied set of urban equipment that makes available a series of facilities aimed at leisure, trade and cultural activities.
I think the most important urban equipment is for sure the Oceanarium, that I will describe in the next tip.
The Oceanarium houses about 15,000 specimens representing two hundred different species.
The sharks are one of the varieties of fish present there.
Fondest memory: In this house I could admire the pretty jellyfishes sliding for the water. The photo is not great but i think you can see how beautiful it is.
Besides the central tank, there are four other areas where an equal number of costal habitats have been created, comprising the Artic, the Pacific, the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans.
Fondest memory: In the habitat of the penguins it was very cold, seemed that I was in the North Pole. Nice creatures and great divers. It was so nice watching them diving.
In the habitat of Pacifico we meet a couple of sea otters. In the photograph they were sleeping. Enlarge the photo to see them better. Their names are Amália ( in honour to the great Fados singer) and Eusebio (in honour of the great Benfica football player ).
The sea otter is a mammal with very peculiar characteristics and that it is adapted to the life in the sea.
Fondest memory: We bought all the fixins for lunch at a small grocery store. We found a good place to eat our picnic lunch near the museum. It was a nice, clear and sunny day with a breeze (that kept a lot of bugs away from our picnic). The Portuguese blue tile and the Arabic style prints were especially impressive. What struck me about Lisbon was how small and "user friendly" this national capital city was. That afternoon, we headed for home the opposite way we got there.
In the place where the last World Exposition of the 20th Century took place it was built a new city inside the city called Parque das Nações. It's a place for walking, relaxing, and even for shopping.
The theme of the Expo'98 was "The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future" so every construction is related to it.
The real name of this garden is Jardim Guerra Junqueiro. Its construction begun in 1842 and took almost 10 years to complete. It is a nice place to rest a bit after a long walk. Here you find a children playground; a little library; some ponds, a big bandstand and a cafe-restaurant.
This garden is located opposite the church of Estrela.
The Oceanarium located in the Parque des Nacoes, is largest in Europe.
It presents marine life and animals of the five oceans in their environments which are close to real life..
The huge tank in the middle contains nasty looking big sharks swimming above your head!.
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One of the most beaufiful part of the city isParque Eduardo VII
It´s located at the end of Avenida sa Liberdade , which is the main street towards Baixa.
Most of the central hotels are also found in this area.
At Plaza Marques Pombal there was the nearest metro station (Rotunda) that we used to get to the centrum.
If you enlarge these picture you will see an aerial view of the newest zone of Lisbon, the Nations Park (Parque das Nações: www.parquedasnacoes.pt), and the long Bridge (Ponte)Vasco da Gama. One interesting detail: the lamps all along the bridge are not vertical, they pend a litle bit on the road, so they don't perturb the fishs...
It is very pleasant to walk along these park in a sunny afternoon, or stay reading or simply loooking the Tagus river. Read the newspapper, drink some fresh drink, see some children and adult on theirs bike all the long the river side... The Bridge is the longest of Europe, 18 Km. In the Nations Park you have many others interesting things to do.
The Knowledge Pavilion - Centre of Live Science is an interactive Centre of Science and Technology achieved according to the new concepts of modern scientific museology.
It is aimed to be a lively space where the visitor is invited to participate in a permanent discovery becoming active on that process that leads to knowledge.
The Centre of Live Science occupies the entire space of the previous Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion designed by the architect Carrilho da Graça and that was one of the most significant architecture of Expo’98. The Centre of Living Science is now of the Ministry of Science and Technology responsibility.
This new space includes permanent exhibitions, conferences, debates and colloquiums.
- “The Unfinished House” (permanent)
Created by: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de Paris
- “See it, Do it, Lean it” (permanent)
Created by: Techniquest of Cardiff, U.K.
- 'Exploratorium' (permanent)
Created by: Exploratorium, S. Francisco, USA
- 'Live Mathematics' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'Earth, a dynamic planet' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'The Human Factor - Living Ergonomy' (up to 31 December 2002)
Besides the exhibitions, Knowledge Pavilion has also other areas (free access): Cib@rcafé, Mediateca, Bookshop and Shop.
An open and relaxed area equipped with 30 computers connected to the Internet and available free of charge to the most advanced cybernauts as well as to those who want o take their first steps on the Web.
The daily introductory sessions to the Internet are an important component of the activities that take place in this area of the Pavilion.
Mediateca (Media Library)
This area is specially geared to provide the visitors with elements for consultation, study and research in the most diverse areas of knowledge. With a wide range of information available in print form, CD-ROM, as well as multimedia equipment, it also features a workshop-space for the production of web-sites and for preparing individual or group work.
An area where visitors can purchase books, videos and CD-ROMs about science and technology.
A space for the sale of products that will stimulate the taste of young people for science, but even adults will not be able to resist them.
Camões in Another Dimension (Virtual Reality Pavilion)
This Pavilion has introduced a new entertainment concept to Portugal base on the latest technologies. Camões in Another Dimension is a unique adventure filled with amazing and timeless experiences that provide an extraordinary glimpse of an era within the history of the Portuguese discoveries.
The Cable car rides offers the widest and most spectacular view of Parque das Nações and the Tagus River, covering a distance of over 1-km.
Lots of Restaurants, and many, many more...
Favorite thing: At the Lisbon Oceanarium, one can explore the concept of the oneness of our planet’s seas and oceans. This approach reflects the importance of striving for a global and comprehensive understanding of the ocean, and indeed of the world itself. We must have an overview of these integrated systems and resources. That is why the Oceanarium recreates 5 representative habitats. An enormous central tank, square-shaped and holding nearly 5,000,000 liters of saltwater, presents the Global Ocean. Four coastal habitat tanks recreate, respectively, the North Atlantic, covering a zone ranging from Iceland to the Azores; an Antarctic coastline of the frigid Falklands and South Georgia Islands; a Temperate Pacific coast, with the rocky shore typical of Monterey Bay, California, with its forests of giant kelp; and finally the Tropical Indian, and a Seychelles Islands coral fringe. A visit to the Oceanarium is a split-level affair: visitors get to explore both above and below the water line. It is an experience which awakens the senses, as each habitat’s biological (both flora and fauna), geological and even climatic characteristics are recreated with startling fidelity. Artificial rock and coral formations are used to simulate actual conditions both on land and beneath the ocean’s surface. The displays realistic look is enhanced by the use of both natural and artificial plant life, including algae, moss, roots, tree trunks and a host of other plants and foliage. On the sub-aquatic level, the visitor can study the nearly thirty smaller tanks which highlight details of the main tanks’ habitats. A recorded sound track reproduces the authentic sounds of the various environments, to enhance the visitor’s overall experience.
...What on earth must have been going on in this person's mind? Collecting all this stuff? Amazing point for Finnish visitors was a huge painting of Finnish and Russian soldiers during the World War II ...
Really interesting bar similar to none!
PARQUE EDUARDO VII
One of the most beaufiful part of the city is Parque Eduardo VII.
It´s located at the end of Avenida sa Liberdade, which is the main street towards Baixa.
Most of the central hotels are also found in this area.
Visit the Museu
Calouste Gulbenkian, the most important museum in Portugal. We met an
american woman who came to Lisbon only to see this museum! See Commerce
Square (I don't remember the name in portuguese!). Look around when
you walk because Lisbon's building are all decorated with its typical 'azulejos'
(ok I don't know the spelling!!)...if you don't know what they are,
just look on the left on the picture. Visit the caractheristical Sao Vicente de
Fora. All the cloister is decorated with white and blue azulejos with
Fondest memory: having breakfast at our hotel: it was full of tasteful and good cookies...great!!!