The Lisbon underground railway opened in Lisbon on this day 56 years ago and soon became an important force in the development of the city, driving urban expansion and acting as the main component of the city’s transportation system due to its safety, speed and reliability.

At the time of its opening the Lisbon Underground Railway was the fourteenth in Europe and the twenty-fifth in the world. Read more at Lisbon Metro’s official webpage.

Metro Lisbon decorates all stations with artistic elements. One of the most remarkable is Parque station which has 450,000 hand-made Portuguese tiles. Discover more about this station here. Another outstanding example is Olaias station which was voted one of Europe’s most beautiful stations, being described as “colourful and eccentric”, with “a geometric ceiling with tiles of various colours, stately columns and complex mosaics”. Read more about Olaias station here.

You may also find interesting David Whitley’s The story behind Lisbon’s beauty.

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Campo Grande Station’s painted tiles by Eduardo Nery, whose work interprets the typical 18th century tile motifs. Source: Pounding the Calçada Portuguesa