Just a ten-minute walk from Lisbon's cruise terminal at Santa Apolónia, the Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos provides a fascinating insight as to how water was once supplied to the city.... Read More
Just a ten-minute walk from Lisbon's cruise terminal at Santa Apolónia, the Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos provides a fascinating insight as to how water was once supplied to the city. Inaugurated in 1880, the facility was designed to elevate by steam-driven machinery the water arriving at the station from the source of the River Alviela, 114 km north of the Portuguese capital. Set within a former Franciscan convent building that was occupied by the Italian religious order of the Barbadinhos between 1747 and 1834, the pumping station originally comprised three wings: the coal depository, the boiler room and the machine hall. The ground floor pump room no longer exists but in its place is a permanent interactive exhibition hall that imaginatively charts the history and the mechanics behind Lisbon's water supply. The exhibit also highlights water as an essential commodity: the water cycle, treatment of water, water pollution and water and sustainability, among other relevant themes.
- Attractions near Cruise Port: "Look for the French engineered compteur à eau de António Pinto Bastos, the very first water meter used in Portugal."
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Entertaining and educative, the Estação Elevatória dos Barbadinhos should be a compulsory stop on anybody's Lisbon itinerary.