January 16, 2019 getLISBON

Spread across the city, placed on the façades of buildings, we find countless plaques indicating that in that place a notable personality was born, lived or died. But what is more surprising is existing seven plaques in the same building; this is the case of the house of the evocative plaques in Bairro Alto.Plaques are testimonies of moments of the city’s history and of the citizens’ life. More or less elaborated, of different shapes and sizes, we can find them everywhere and they certainly deserve our attention.There is a building in the centre of Lisbon that displays seven evocative plaques…

November 7, 2018 getLISBON

We know that the oldest neighbourhood of Lisbon is Alfama, but the heart of the city is indisputably the Pombaline Downtown. This and its surrounding area is the place of choice of the visitors, an open air shopping centre for the locals and the meeting point for everyone. But these rigorously drawn streets are the result of an enormous catastrophe. If it weren’t for the devastation caused by the violent earthquake of 1755, this place would surely be different. Saying Lisbon before and post-earthquake is the same as saying Lisbon before and post-Pombal. The earthquake brought with it, in a…

October 31, 2018 getLISBON

Today when we talk about Lisbon the idea of a fabulous city arises immediately, but there was a tragic episode that deeply marked it, the earthquake of 1755. Everyone knows the date of 1st November, mark of a collective trauma that still overshadows the population, adding to its character the sensation of inevitability, resignation, destiny… The degree of destruction was such that it became an impetus for civilisational advances with no way back. In addition to a city exists a society, before and post-earthquake. This phenomenon shook the rich and the poor across the board. It destroyed hovels, palaces and…

September 19, 2018 getLISBON

The extinction of the Religious Orders was one of the significant episodes in the History of Portugal and consequently in the History of Lisbon. A determining factor in the destiny of the cultural and patrimonial panorama, over the 19th and 20th century. Many of our posts mention this event and this article in particular helps the reader to have a better understanding of its impact. The beginning of the 19th century was marked by a long and bloody civil war (1828-1834) that, with the victory of the liberal faction, was followed by a period of profound restructure in the social…

June 13, 2018 getLISBON

This week we suggest you a tour, an itinerary tracing Luís de Camões in Lisbon. We’ll be stopping by places where the poet left traces of his existence and also the places where those who praised him decided to immortalize him. We needn’t introduce this Portuguese famous poet of the 16th century. His work has been translated for a long time in various languages and the quality of his writings are equated with that of the English writer William Shakespeare. But although his work is well-known and has for many centuries originated several important studies, his life was rather obscure….