Learn more about Lisbon - one
of the best cities in the world! No doubt!
Lisbon Azulejos - Terreiro do Paço
is the capital of Portugal and its largest city.
When you hear someone talk about Lisbon, that person is probably
talking about the city.
But he/she can be talking about larger
territories than the city itself.
That's because there are four different areas that we call Lisbon:
This page is about the Lisbon City - the capital of them all.
You can learn more about the areas mentioned above by following the
link provided in each one.
If you learn the differences between the Lisbon Areas and the
information provided in this page, you will know more about Lisbon than
a large number of people living here.
the Portugal Map
This is the Lisbon location in the Portugal Map.
Lisbon in the Portugal Map
See also the Lisbon interactive
Lisbon - Freguesias Map
Lisbon is divided into 53 Freguesias (administrative local
You can find me in any one of them but I sleep in São Domingos de Benfica (one of the 53 between Benfica, Carnide, Lumiar, Campo Grande and Campolide).
Lisbon Freguesias Map.
Official Flag and Seal (Coat of Arms)
The Flag and the Seal (Coat of Arms) have taken many forms over the
ages. The original ones go
back to the Middle Age and have obvious religious roots. Click on the images to enlarge.
official Flag of Lisbon
is a gyronny
of eight black and white triangles behind its
The same colours were (and still are) used by the Order of Preachers,
also known as the Dominican Order.
is composed by a golden shield with a black silver lined sail
ship which represents the boat that brought
the relics of Saint Vincent (one of the Patron
of the City) from Algarve to Lisbon in the year of 1173.
This event was order by D. Afonso Henriques (first Portuguese King) after he conquered Lisbon from the Arabs (in the year of 1147).
The Seal has also two ravens on
the both ends of the ship representing
two funeral sentinels guarding the Saint.
They are both pointing to the center of the shield. The boat is sailing
on seven wavy stripes green and silver.
The shield has a golden crown with five towers (indicating the status
of capital and city).
It has also a collar of the Ordem da Torre e Espada
do Valor Lealdade e Mérito (Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and
Finally it has a white scroll with the motto "MUI NOBRE E
CIDADE DE LISBOA" (most noble and always loyal city of Lisbon) in black.
According to the latest statistics available, Lisbon City has
Grande Lisboa has about 1,900,000
inhabitants, the Lisbon Metropolitan Area has about 2,808,000
inhabitants (2007) and the Lisbon District has about 2,124,000
The Lisbon city has an extension of about 85 Km2
And I can assure you than almost every Km2
The current President (Mayor) of Lisbon's Câmara Municipal is António Costa elected by the PS (Partido Socialista).
The main religion is Lisbon is the Catholicism. Other religions can
also be freely practised.
Lisbon has two Patron Saints: Saint Anthony of Lisbon and Saint
Vincent. The City holiday is celebrated in the 13th of June (Saint
A telephone area code means that you don't have to dial that certain code
when you are in that area, only when calling from outside.
Portugal no longer has telephone area codes.
All numbers are
to be dialled
exactly the same way anywhere inside the national territory.
previous telephone area code was the "21" and even now all the
telephone numbers (fixed line) in Lisbon start by "21".
telephone code is the "351". Remember to dial the "+" signal or the
"00" to access exterior numbers from your country.
When in Portugal you
don't need to dial this code.
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