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June 9, 2022

30 Wonderful Color Photos of Lisbon in 1953

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an area of 100.05 km2. It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area, the Portuguese Riviera, form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, culminating at Cabo da Roca.

Lisbon in 1953

Lisbon is recognized as an alpha-level global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, fashion, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. Lisbon is one of two Portuguese cities (alongside Porto) to be recognized as a global city. Lisbon is home to three companies in the Global 2000. It is one of the major economic centers in Europe, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.

Additionally, Humberto Delgado Airport is the busiest airport in Portugal, the third busiest in the Iberian Peninsula and the 20th busiest in Europe. The motorway network and the high-speed rail system of Alfa Pendular links the main cities of Portugal to Lisbon.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens), predating other modern European capitals by centuries. These vintage color photos were found by Found Slides that captured street scenes of Lisbon in 1953.

Across estuary from Lisbon, 1953

Lisbon. Apartment houses and hearse, 1953

Lisbon. Arch in Old Square on waterfront, 1953

Lisbon. Avenida da Liberdade, 1953

Lisbon. Avenida da Liberdade, 1953

Lisbon. Belém Tower, 1953

Lisbon. Cemetery, 1953

Lisbon. City from old Moorish Castle, 1953

Lisbon. City waterfront entrance to harbor, 1953

Lisbon. Cross section of Avenida da Liberdade, 1953

Lisbon. Entrance to Moorish Quarter, 1953

Lisbon. Facing home typical tile, 1953

Lisbon. Harbor from fort towards Atlantic, 1953

Lisbon. King Pedro IV Square, 1953

Lisbon. Kings Palace Statue from waterfront, 1953

Lisbon. Moat and walls of old fort, 1953

Lisbon. New private construction apartments, 1953

Lisbon. Newly completed apartments, 1953

Lisbon. Parkway sidewalk cafe and statue, 1953

Lisbon. Racetrack, 1953

Lisbon. Racetrack, 1953

Lisbon. Rossio Railway Station, 1953

Lisbon. Shopping street Moorish Quarter, 1953

Lisbon. Square in Moorish Quarter, 1953

Lisbon. St Anthony decorations in Moorish Quarter, 1953

Lisbon. Typical scene in Moorish Quarter, 1953

Lisbon. Typical square and apartments, 1953

Lisbon. Waterfront inner docks, 1953

Lisbon. Waterfront, 1953

Lisbon. Waterfront, 1953


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