Lisbon is a special city, known for its exquisite light, stone mosaic pavements, traditional red clay roofed houses and charming trams. But, did you know that Lisbonites referred to the trams as "americanos"? This was because the first passenger streetcars were built in the 19th century in the United States. Today's Clickstay post, "11 Things You Don't Know About Lisbon" is fast fun read with 11 little known facts about Lisbon, including that, "It's never actually been declared as the capital city of Portugal..."! Indeed, there is no official document confirming that Lisbon is Portugal's capital city, unlike most other capitals. Lisbon became the de factocapital in 1255 when Alfonso III moved the court to what had become Portugal’s largest and most important city. Discover unknown Lisbon with these 11 factoids:
"1. It's never actually been declared as the capital city of Portugal.
2. The iconic Lisbon yellow tram is American.
3. Lisbon is even older than Rome.
4. The Torre de Belém has been a customs office, a jail, a lighthouse AND a telegraph post.
5. Lisbon’s Vasco da Gama is the longest bridge in Europe.
6. In 1755, the Great Lisbon Earthquake completely destroyed the city.
7. Like Rome, legend has it that the city of Lisbon was built on 7 hills.
8. Only 5 men know the recipe to Lisbon’s famous Pastel de Natapastry.
9. The Lisbon coat of arms is two ravens that accompanied the remains of the city's patron saint.
10. The best street art in the world.
11. The largest Oceanarium in Europe."
Read the full blog by Emily Benton here.