The Pilar 7 Experience offers visitors with a great view over Lisbon while taking a tour of the history of the famous red bridge. Built in 1966 to connect Lisbon to Almada, across the Tejo, the bridge was named after the Portuguese prime minister ruling the country at the time: Salazar.
Right after the Revolution in 1974, it was re-named as the 25 de Abril bridge to celebrate the regime change.
Now one of its pillars serves as an interactive center. Through virtual reality, the visitors can access parts of the bridge and an elevator can take them right up to a panoramic sightseeing platform.
The exhibition goes back to the first projects presented to build a bridge across the Tejp, dating back in the 19th century, and shows how the structure has been changed and improved during the years. Located on the Lisbon margin of the river, the entrance to this Pilar is at Alcantara, at Avenida da Índia.
On the opposite margin of the there's a second sightseeing spot, just on top of the Cristo Rei statue.
With some similarities with the San Francisco's Golden Gate, this suspension bridge allows the connection of both sides by car and train.