Its shape evokes a nautical sail, and at 145 metres high, it is Lisbon's tallest building.
Built on the north bank of the Tagus River, it is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first European to arrive in India by sail, in 1498. It was opened in 1998, on the 500th anniversary of his voyage.
The tower’s shape and features reflect its nautical symbolism, with inspiration taken from the form of a caravel (a small, Portugese sailing ship) and its sail.
In 2018, the restaurant Fifty Seconds opened in the space that was previously the observation deck, and received its first Michelin star within a year.