Today, the Parque das Nações is a lively, dynamic and multipurpose space. It is the brand of contemporary Lisboa, a place where the city’s inhabitants have fun, enjoy shows, go for a walk, play sport, shop, work and live in quality and harmony.
The Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) is located in the area where the 1998 World Fair was held. It is a large space for public enjoyment that has joined the city and the river. It has also taken advantage, perfectly, of a vast riverfront area with a magnificent view overlooking the opposite bank of the river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest in Europe. Also inaugurated in 1998 as part of the World Fair, it is the fifth longest bridge in the world, measuring 17 km in length, ten of which are located over the waters of the Tagus.
The Expo ’98 was the landmark event which, ten years ago, transformed this eastern zone of the city into a visionary, ambitious and multidisciplinary project that discovered how to bring together and utilise all of Portugal’s areas of activity and knowledge, reconverting an important part of the city by creating a new concept and a modern urban space. It has a train station, an enjoyable shopping centre and an extensive complex that combines culture, leisure, homes and businesses.
There, we find qualified spaces with urban planning suitable for the needs of an ideal, modern city. Residential areas, facilities and services appeared with environmentally integrated urban infrastructures that made decisive contributions to the modernisation and internationalisation of Lisboa. They also brought to Lisboa the features of modern architecture in its most varied expressions.
The scheme drawn up at the time of the World Fair already anticipated the change to an urban environment to be strengthened. For this reason, few changes were made which had not already been already planned for. The period following Expo ’98 witnessed the natural development of the projects anticipated for the surrounding area. In terms of culture, several facilities must be highlighted: the Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion), the Pavilhão Atlântico (Atlantic Pavilion), the Oceanário (Oceanarium), the Área Internacional (International Area), which became the Feira Internacional de Lisboa exhibition centre, and the Estação do Oriente train station.
At the Parque das Nações, one can also find an extensive area of bars, restaurants, esplanades and design shops.