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16 minutes before SUNRISE...

Hi to all,

I took a walk in the Lisbon's Nations park to apreciatte the Sunrise.

Here, you can see the Saint Gabriel Tower and her sister, Saint Rafael. In the right side the Atlantic Pavilion.

These structures are located in the Nations Park, Lisbon.

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The Saint Gabriel and Saint Rafael towers are 110 meters height and are two of the biggest towers of Portugal

Atlantic Pavilion
The idea to build Atlantic Pavilion was born in the first discussions over Expo’98 Master Plan.
Unlike other European capitals, Lisbon didn’t have any polyvalent Hall to host events, congresses and big sporting venues.
Portuguese halls, at the capital or throughout the country, either had limited capacity – till 4 thousand people – or were hardly adaptable to non-conventional events, like indoor high competition sports.

Further on, they didn’t have the technological equipment needed for modern live TV broadcasts or for big music and theatre events.
There was a big gap between halls with capacity for 4 thousand persons like Coliseu, the pavilions built for others purposes and then adapted, and the big open-air sites.
On the account of this circumstances Portugal was repeatedly staying out of Indoor Sport Championships and it was very difficult to produce big concerts with cold and rainy weather.
That’s why it was made the choice to build this kind of equipment integrated in Expo’98 Master Plan area.
Its location had the advantage to serve not only the population of the Portuguese major metropolitan area, but also the country as whole, as it stays very near from Oriente Station (a inter modal public transport platform) and the main road rings.

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Pavilhão Atlântico
A ideia de construir o Pavilhão Atlântico remonta às primeiras discussões sobre o Plano de Urbanização da EXPO’98.

Ao contrário de outras cidades europeias, Lisboa não possuía uma sala polivalente para acolher espectáculos, congressos e acontecimentos desportivos de grande envergadura.
As salas existentes, tanto na capital como noutros pontos do país, ou tinham lotação limitada - até 4 mil lugares -, ou eram dificilmente adaptáveis a eventos não convencionais, como o desporto de alta competição em recinto coberto
Além disso, não dispunham do aparato tecnológico exigido para coberturas televisivas modernas ou pelos grandes espectáculos musicais ou teatrais.

A configuração do Pavilhão Atlântico lembra uma nave espacial… mas a sua forma é também a do caranguejo-ferradura, espécie surgida há 200 milhões de anos

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Nikon D40X
Shooting Date/Time - 16/03/2008 06:34:13
Shutter Speed - 5 Sec.
Aperture Value - F13
ISO Speed - 100
Lens: Af-s Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 GII
Focal Length - 26 mm
White balance - Auto
Image size - 3904 x 2616
Image Quality - Compressed RAW

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