Opened in 2017, the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience owes its name to its location, Pillar 7 of the 25 de Abril Bridge. This was one of the places we chose to visit on our last trip to Lisbon.
Read on to find out more about this viewpoint.
As we approached the viewpoint, the modern architecture caught our attention. The predominant colours are white and grey.
The purchase of tickets is done in a very bright room. From there we are directed to the entrance of the building where we have to pass through a metal detector (airport style).
The first sensory experience of this viewpoint takes place in a dark room, the Workers’ Room, a tribute to all those who built the bridge. There we can hear the sounds of the construction and watch a 360º video that tells the story of this grandiose work.
From this room we move on to another place where we can see the imposing steel cables that sustain the bridge. When you drive over the 25 de Abril Bridge, you can’t get a true notion of the size of these cables. Only when we’re there, a metre away, do we realise their magnitude.
The second sensorial experience takes place in a room with a floor made of mirrors, creating an illusion of depth (not everyone will be able to get in there). And yes, it really does feel like we’re going to fall!!!
After this room, we proceed to a lift that takes us to the top of the viewpoint, where we can stay for 10 minutes. We were lucky since on the day we visited the viewpoint we were alone and had the whole space to ourselves.
The belvedere with panoramic view is the ex-libris of the work and the highlight of the visit. This space offers a breathtaking view over Lisbon.
When can you visit it?
The Pilar 7 Experience viewpoint is open from 10am to 6pm from October to April and from 10am to 8pm from May to September. The normal price is €6. Students, people over 65 years old or groups of 10 people pay €4. Children under 5 years old and Lisboa Card holders have free entry. It is also possible to enjoy a virtual reality experience that costs €1.50.
NOTE: This information may be out of date. Check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
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