Lisbon was supposedly founded by Odysseus. What is certain is that the Phoenicians were living in the area about 1200 years B.C. and called it Alis Ubbo (safe port). Lisbon is beautifully situated on the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1755, a large part of this Portuguese capital was destroyed by an earthquake. Today, Lisbon offers a lively combination of history & modernity with many unique places such as the attractive Alfama district, the impressive Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and the beautiful Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.