Photographer's Note

Hi dear TE friends

For now, this is the last picture of this known place in Lisboa.

This is the Park of Nations in Lisbon 15 minutes before sunrise.

On left you can see the Saint Gabriel and Saint Rafael towers. They have 110 meters height and are two of the biggest towers of Portugal

On right side, the dark buiding is the Oceanarium.

In background your can see the Atlantic Pavilion and the 'Vasco da Gama' bridge.

The idea to build Atlantic Pavilion was born in the first discussions over Expo98 Master Plan.
Unlike other European capitals, Lisbon didnt have any polyvalent Hall to host events, congresses and big sporting venues.
Portuguese halls, at the capital or throughout the country, either had limited capacity till 4 thousand people or were hardly adaptable to non-conventional events, like indoor high competition sports.

Further on, they didnt have the technological equipment needed for modern live TV broadcasts or for big music and theatre events.
There was a big gap between halls with capacity for 4 thousand persons like Coliseu, the pavilions built for others purposes and then adapted, and the big open-air sites.
On the account of this circumstances Portugal was repeatedly staying out of Indoor Sport Championships and it was very difficult to produce big concerts with cold and rainy weather.
Thats why it was made the choice to build this kind of equipment integrated in Expo98 Master Plan area.
Its location had the advantage to serve not only the population of the Portuguese major metropolitan area, but also the country as whole, as it stays very near from Oriente Station (a inter modal public transport platform) and the main road rings.

Pavilho Atlntico
A ideia de construir o Pavilho Atlntico remonta s primeiras discusses sobre o Plano de Urbanizao da EXPO98.

Ao contrrio de outras cidades europeias, Lisboa no possua uma sala polivalente para acolher espectculos, congressos e acontecimentos desportivos de grande envergadura.
As salas existentes, tanto na capital como noutros pontos do pas, ou tinham lotao limitada - at 4 mil lugares -, ou eram dificilmente adaptveis a eventos no convencionais, como o desporto de alta competio em recinto coberto
Alm disso, no dispunham do aparato tecnolgico exigido para coberturas televisivas modernas ou pelos grandes espectculos musicais ou teatrais.

A configurao do Pavilho Atlntico lembra uma nave espacial mas a sua forma tambm a do caranguejo-ferradura, espcie surgida h 200 milhes de anos

Nikon D40X
2008/03/15 06:26:37.2
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 22mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
3 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: +5.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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