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Lisbon's Parque das Nações

Intrepid travelers Mike Powell and Jurgen Horn are spending 91 Days in Lisbon, Portugal. They tell us about a modern marvel they visited that contrasts with the world famous classical architecture of the city. The Parque des Nacões (Park of Nations) was built for the 1998 World Expo, designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Estação do Oriente serves an appropriate entrance for the Parque des Nacões, where the architecture is unapologetically forward-looking. The 1998 World Expo was a major deal for Lisbon; with the theme of “Oceans, A Heritage for the Future”, the city welcomed 143 participating countries, built a new metro line, and constructed the breathtaking Vasco da Gama Bridge — still the longest in Europe.

The new structures built for Lisbon's World Expo are all still in use as they were built, although many have been repurposed in creative ways. There's an aquarium, a concert hall, a casino, sports arenas, and public parks. See lots of pictures of the gorgeous Parque des Nacões at Lisbon for 91 Days.

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