Interesting Facts about Lisbon
From the moment you enter the skies above Lisbon you will start to see its beautiful architecture and just how amazing the city is. Once you touch down and get off the plane, the fascination only grows. The city is full of everything and anything a traveler might want from historical sights to places to have a great time. When you come to Lisbon there is so much to do but only some of it you will find if you take to just walking down the street.
Lisbon has a lot of hidden and lesser known facts. Today we are going to take a look at some of those facts to help make your stay, no matter how long or short it is, all the more enjoyable.
Among The Oldest Of Europe
So many people are surprised to hear that Lisbon is actually one of the oldest cities in Europe. If you pay attention while traversing the city though, you will see plenty of evidence that supports that. Classical architecture, beautiful art, and a classic culture greets you everywhere you go.
Not just is it one of the oldest cities in Europe, it is among the oldest cities in all of the world.
The Symbol of Lisbon
Lisbon has its own symbol, the Raven is considered to be the symbol of the city. It stems from legend in the area that two ravens came with the body of Sao Vicente when he was transported to Lisbon in 303 AD. Some might find this bird a bad omen but the city loves their symbol.
The raven is more than just the symbol of the city. For a while the city was host to a cult dedicated to the Raven. The city’s cage of ravens in Sao Jorge Castle probably fueled this cult.
It isn’t known why but over time the raven started to become harder and harder to find in the city. Eventually wild ravens could not be found at all in the beautiful city and now the only place that you can find them is on the coat of arms.
Lisbon’s Other Name
Another name for Lisbon is the Town of Seven Hills. The name is rather logical, it stems from the city having seven major hills.