Inaugurated in 2017, Pilar 7 Bridge Experience is named after its location, the 25 de Abril Bridge’s Pilar 7. This was one of the places we chose to visit on our last trip to Lisbon.
Continue reading this post to learn more about this viewpoint.
When we approach this place, the one thing that stands out is its modern architecture. The predominant colours are white and grey.
The tickets are bought 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 sensorial experience of this place takes place in a dark room, the Workers’ Room, a tribute to all those who built this work. You can hear noises of the bridge construction and see a 360º video about the history of this grandiose work.
Then we move on to another room where we can see the steel cables that support the bridge. When you drive past the 25 de Abril Bridge, you can’t get a true idea of its size. Only when we are there, one meter away, we can really understand it.
The second experience happens in a room whose floor is made of mirrors, giving an idea of depth (not everyone will be able to get in there). And yes, it seems that we are going to fall!
After this room, we are taken to an elevator that takes us to the top of the belvedere. It is possible to stay there for 10 minutes. Something that pleased us was that the day we visited the viewpoint, we were alone and had all the space for us. The belvedere with a panoramic view is the ex-libris of the work and from there we have a beautiful view over Lisbon.
When can you visit it?
The Pilar 7 Bridge Experience is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from October to April, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., from May to September. The normal price is 6€. Students, people older than 65 years or groups of 10 people pay only 4€. Children up to 5 years old and holders of the Lisboa Card can enjoy their visit for free. It is also possible to enjoy a virtual reality experience that costs 1.50€.
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