First settlements on the territory of modern Lisbon date back to 900BC thanks to convenient geographical position – the city is standing on the seven hills by the mouth of River Tagus. Yet its most glorious days were in 14-14th centuries and were connected with the development of seafaring and the Age of Discoveries. Lots of the city's most magnificent and beautiful buildings (e.g. ones of the suburb of Belem) are the heritage of that time.
When a terrible earthquake of 1755 nearly ruined much of the Lisbon's center Baixa the district was subject to total reconstruction and thus most buildings there date to the 18th century. The devastating catastrophes of the past seem to be fully reflected in the well-known Lisbon's fado music that sounds as a requiem for the golden epoch of the great sea travelers. Yet now Lisbon is on a new stage of its life and its way is a way of renewal and change.
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