Another twin story.

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Oh yes, it seems Lisbon has a twin across the Atlantic ocean (and land) – it’s San Francisco. I haven’t been to North America yet, but according to photos I could find there is a little bit of deja vu feeling regarding the two places!

The similarities of those suspended bridges, iconic for both cities, comes from the fact that the very same company has built them, and, well, didn’t bother to “invent warm water” (as they say in my homeland) when it came to the bridge design (on the photo, Lisbon’s 25 Abril bridge is top left and bottom right, while the other two pictures are of the SF’s Golden Gate). The hilly streets are also characteristic for both, and there are exactly seven huge hills in each of the cities. There is a history of earthquakes in both, the similar mild climate, they are both situated between the bay and the ocean. Parallels go up to wine culture and street art!

All this is nicely explained and supported by comparative photos at: http://globetrottergirls.com/2011/09/san-francisco-lisbon-twin-cities/. I thank the Globetrotter girls for the photo I borrowed, and to M. for discovering this story to me!

P.S. Maybe this is all because California was discovered by a Portuguese, João Rodrigues Cabrilho  (however, he was working for Spain).

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The twins.

I have been to both cities and I agree, Avenida dos Aliados in Porto and Wenceslas Square in Prague seem to be look-alikes. I am supporting the claim with some photos:

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I have found out other important facts about the Avenida dos Aliados, considered the most important public space in Porto.  Is that  was remodeled in 2006 by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, the renowned architects and Portans themselves. Besides its representative works of architecture, the central city avenue and square, built at the beginning of the 19th century, used to have vivid mosaic pavements, lush green ambiance, but also the problems of traffic chaos and impossibility of mass gatherings.

The keywords for the 2006 project were ordered traffic flow, opening new vistas to the works of architecture in the Avenida and in side streets, and creating a central space for gatherings. However, the outcomes were not so happily accepted, and it was particularly difficult for the citizens to accept the removal of the green spaces.

This is how the Avenida dos Aliados used to look before:

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PORTO - Praça da Liberdade e Av. dos Aliados

Some more info can be found at: http://monumentosdesaparecidos.blogspot.com/2012/05/jardins-da-avenida-dos-aliados-porto.html