Lisbon. Typographical And Architectural Impressions. Part I

, by Oliver Lins
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Lisboa makes time perceptible. There is nothing more inspirational than a decaying city with it's down to earth neighborhoods. Real jewels never lose their shine! Unless of course, once the current lull makes space for new up-winds and the wrong kind of investors populate the stage. As we know from other parts of the world, there is a possibility that greed and nastiness win over sense and respect. But here is your chance and there is always hope right ...

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural center of Portugal.

Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially – by statute or in written form.

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