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Lisbon, Portugal Suspension Bridge - 25th of April Bridge

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Lisbon, Portugal Suspension Bridge -  25th of April Bridge

Lisbon, Portugal Suspension Bridge - 25th of April Bridge

Lisbon Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The 25th of April suspension bridge in Lisbon, Portugal is one of the world's longest suspension bridges at 1.5 miles (2.2 kilometers) long. Built in 1966, its reddish-orange color makes it look like San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. However, other than the color, it more closely resembles the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and was constructed by the builders responsible for this "other" Bay area bridge.

The 25th of April bridge was originally named for Portugal's right-wing dictator, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, who ruled from 1932 to 1968. After Portugal's 1974 revolution, residents who supported the revolution started calling the bridge the 25th of April bridge to celebrate the change in power on April 25, 1974. Citizens loyal to Salazar's party continued to call it the Salazar bridge, and those who didn't want their politics known just called it "the bridge over the river".

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