What dramatic event took place in Lisbon, Portugal on All-Saints Day, 1755?

Answer: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. It was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever to hit a city in the Western world. The coast was engulfed by a tsunami, while in other parts of the city fires raged for six days. 60,000 people died in the ensuing destruction and 85 per cent of Lisbon’s buildings, including countless famous structures, were destroyed.

Source: Wrath of God by Edward Paice

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