1998 Lisbon World Exposition, Expo'98

Oceans, a legacy for the future

May 22, 1998 - September 30, 1998


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Vasco De Gama Tower

Vasco De Gama Tower at the Exhibition Lisbon 1998

© Daniel Gil

Architect(s) : Profabril / Leonor Janeiro, Som / Nick Jacobs

This panoramic tower is an integral part of the European Union pavilion and consists of a metal structure topped by a platform with a panoramic restaurant and terraces.

The tower was built to mark the renewal of the area (formerly an oil refinery) and the city; it overlooks the Tagus. This is not an innocent move, as it refers to the Belem Tower which has been the symbol of Lisbon for 500 years.

The Vasco de Gama Tower represents the mast, sail and observation tower of a ship.

This 140-metre high construction consists of a central pillar (the mast) reinforced by a lattice structure (the sail).