History and Stories of Lisbon

Getting to know a city goes way beyond visiting its most emblematic or in vogue locals. Behind its history are hidden interesting episodes that deserve to be known. And, through its stories, we discover specificities and singular events that help us have a better understanding of Lisbon.

History and Stories of Lisbon

There are many ways to find both the history and the stories.

Searching the archives, appealing to the memory of those who have stories to tell us, finding in the toponymy of the city curious aspects, having a long and attentive gaze, among others.

But we will also lead our readers to travel through dramatic, triumphant, unusual or even liberating events that are part of the character of this magnificent city and of its people.

We suggest you read our article History of Lisbon: A Glimpse Through Thousands of Years that gives you an overview of the main events that have occurred in this city, throughout the ages.

June 30, 2021 getLISBON

Today we’re going to explore the fado song Velha Tendinha that drops hints about the population of Lisbon and its experiences that are worth observing. After our article Tendinha Tavern, an Old Eatery in the Modern Lisbon, we had to take a closer look at this famous fado song of the 1930s that pays homage to this establishment that was already old at the time. The Fado Song Velha Tendinha in the Portuguese Vaudeville Play Zé dos Pacatos Apolo Theatre in Occidente March 1884; Verses of the Portuguese Vaudeville Zé dos Pacatos; Hermínia Silva in 1939 The fado song Velha…

April 7, 2021 getLISBON

In this article we’ll be covering the Português Suave architectural style, the aesthetic that has marked the entire country in the 1940s. We’ll particularly talk about its characteristics, its impact and the main examples that we can find in Lisbon. Why Português Suave? Estado Novo was the dictatorial political regime that ruled Portugal for 41 years, until it was overthrown by the revolution of April 74. This authoritarian regime imposed a rupture with the Modern Movement rising in the 1920s, by promoting an architectural aesthetic based on a symbolic traditional and nationalist language, that is, that wants to affirm itself…

October 14, 2020 getLISBON

The Lisbon trams that cross our city of the seven hills are one of the most represented and expressive elements. These vehicles are undoubtedly an invaluable heritage and symbol of the imaginary of the locals of Lisbon and of those who visit us, along with the lifts and funiculars. The emblematic route of the tram 28, starting in Martim Moniz Square and ending in Campo de Ourique by going through the historic neighbourhoods of Graça and Alfama, is without a doubt unmissable and the most popular. If you want to experience this memorable route and even get to know the…

September 9, 2020 getLISBON

Today we want to talk about the first means of transport of Lisbon. Among them, we find the origin of one of the biggest icons of the city: the Trams.Alongside monuments such as Sé or Belém Tower, tiles, the portuguese pavement, the historic lifts and funiculars, or even alongside sardines, there’s always the Tram that, for over 100 years, has crossed the seven hills of Lisbon.But what is its origin? Have you ever heard of the Omnibus, Larmanjat or Americano? It might get you curious if we tell you that these are the names of the first means of transport…

November 27, 2019 getLISBON

Fado and saudade are the two most difficult words to translate from Portuguese, if not impossible. But perhaps we can make it easier to understand if we say that fado is related with destiny and saudade with nostalgia and sadness caused by the absence of something in time or in space.These definitions of such complex feelings are the most common topics in fado, the music that is sung accompanied by a classical guitar and a Portuguese guitar and that in November 2011 was inscribed by UNESCO on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.With an obscure origin, but surely…