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Tejo power plant

Tejo power plant

Lisbon's old power station

The Tejo thermoelectric power plant was essential for developing the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, during the twentieth century. It supplied electricity to the electric tram, street lighting and factories in and around Lison.

The power station was steadily expanded at the beginning of the 20th century. The artistic facades in Art Nouveau and classicism kept up appearances. Still, behind them, it was hell, with the turbines, boilers and alternators blowing around an infernal noise, dust and heat.


Its location along the Tagus River is no coincidence: the coal to feed the boilers was supplied by water. Large pipes pumped the water into a steam boiler to convert it into steam.

The power station was closed down in 1975 and was preserved and repurposed as the electricity museum "MAAT", which it is to this day.

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