25 Color Photos of Lisbon in the Early 1950s

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Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2. It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast.

Lisbon in 1953

Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

Lisbon is recognised as an alpha-level global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. It is one of two Portuguese cities (alongside Porto) to be recognised as a global city.

Lisbon is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens).

These color photos from Found Slides that captured street scenes of Lisbon in 1953.

Across estuary from Lisbon

Apartment houses and hearse

Arch in old square on waterfront

Avenue of Liberty

Avenue of Liberty

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