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Set atop an escarpment with a treasured set of terraces known as miradouros, Portugal's capital city is famous as the 'City of Seven Hills'. On the mighty banks of the Tagus River, Lisbon lives under the guise of a newfound renaissance, a capital brimming with modernity amid its soul-stirring vistas of architecture, culture, and history. The city's architectural identity largely sits astride the occurrence of the 1755 earthquake that jolted it to its very core. Today, it is painted by diverse architectural narratives, from Romanesque and Gothic, to Manueline and Modern. Baixa, the city's main vicinity, is especially representative of Lisbon's post-calamity architecture that transformed it into a compact neighborhood – one that thrives in the victorious shadow of the Rua Augusta Arch. In stark contrast, the Bairro Alto, or Upper Quarter, assumes a more urbane shape, and is teeming with abundant nightlife and symbols of multiculturalism. A bevy of major historic buildings dominate the neighborhood of Belém, thick with seafaring heritage and the site of Lisbon's most iconic landmark, the Belém Tower.
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