This is not the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge; this is actually the 25 de Abril bridge, the first to cross the River Tejo in Lisbon.
Yes, here in Lisbon you can find several reproductions of famous monuments. Does Bridge 25 de Abril reminds you of San Francisco bridge? Well, if you cross it from Lisbon to the other side of the river, you’ll feel you’re in Rio de Janeiro when you see the Christ statue!
I like bridges, to me they mean union, bringing people closer, communication. To people working in Lisbon and living on the other side of the river, it means paying 1.50€ everyday. Anyway, it connects Lisboa with Almada and for us, folks of Lisbon, with the beeeeeaaach (Costa da Caparica)! :D
It was built during the Estado Novo, the name we call to the period of dictatorship that lasted from 1933 until 1974. The bridge was originally called Ponte (bridge) Salazar, the name of the dictator. After the revolution of 25th April 1974, the Carnations Revolution, the name was changed to forget the past and celebrate the new era.
Nowadays, it is possible to cross the bridge not only by car but also by train. If you are a tourist in Lisbon, take the train to the other side and come back, it’s one of the most breathtaking sights of Lisbon and Tejo river.
Under the bridge in the Lisbon side there is Avenida de Brasília where you can wander, ride a bicycle, take pictures, exercise, read some of the Portuguese poems written on the ground (like “O Tejo é mais belo” from the Fernando Pessoa’s heteronym, Alberto Caeiro) and you’ll be close to Belém, one of the major tourist spots in Lisbon.