Inaugurated in 2017, the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience owes its name to its location. This modern point view is located in the 7th pillar of the 25 de Abril bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and was one of the places we chose to visit on our last trip to Lisbon.
Continue reading this post if you want to know more about this place.
As we approach its location, the modern architecture of the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience stands out. The predominant colours are white and grey, giving this place a minimalistic look.
The room where you can buy your tickets is very bright. From there, you are directed to the entrance of the building where you have to pass through a metal detector (like in the airports).
The first sensory experience takes place in a first darkroom, the Workers Room (Sala dos Trabalhadores), a tribute to those who built this magnificent bridge. We listened to construction noises and watched a 360º video about the story of this great work.
Then we moved to another place where we could see the steel cables that support the bridge. When we passed through the 25 de Abril Bridge by car, you couldn’t have a true notion of their size. It’s only when we’re there, one meter away, that we are able to realize it.
The second experience happens in a room whose floor is all made up of mirrors, giving an idea of depth (not everyone will be able to enter there). And yes, it seems like we’re going to fall!
From this room, we go to an elevator that leads us to the top of the viewpoint. It is possible to stay there for 10 minutes. Something that pleased us was that in the day we visited the viewpoint, there was no one else there and we had the whole space for us. The viewpoint has a panoramic view and it is the ex-libris of the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience. From the top of the building, we have a beautiful view of 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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