Personalities That Make Lisbon Unique

All cities are a set of many things: landscapes, streets, shops, monuments, among many others. But have you imagined how cities would be without their people? Who’s going to build it? Who makes it so unique? In this category we will give protagonism to personalities that contribute to the singularity of this city.

Personalities That Make Lisbon Unique

Throughout the ages, there are remarkable men and women who stand out by their works, and social groups that mark an era, for their peculiarities.

All different in their activity, in their expression, but they all have a common element, the city of Lisbon. Whether it’s because they were born in it, or because they developed their work here, or because the city is the privileged theme of their art.

Their legacies left us writings, poetry, paintings, songs, victories, experiences or even prayers. With these personalities we identify ourselves as a people, with them we take the name of Lisbon beyond borders.

From them, the identity of the people of Lisbon is built and with them, Lisbon is taken beyond frontiers.

Therefore, whether they are from Lisbon or not, they are personalities who, in one way or another, have let themselves be involved by this magical city and deserve to be highlighted.

November 25, 2020 getLISBON

The writer Eça de Queiroz is unarguably, one of the most relevant Portuguese writers of all times. On the day he would turn 175 years old, we want to remember him, recalling his relationship with Lisbon. The novelist, characterised by originality, richness of style and language, great realistic descriptive power, as well as by timeless social criticism, has his work translated into about 20 languages. He’s the author of compelling novels in our literature such as: ‘The Sin of Father Amaro’, ‘The Relic’, ‘The Illustrious House of Ramires’, ‘The Mandarin’, ‘The City and the Mountains’… From the realist movement of…

October 28, 2020 getLISBON

Tracing Amália Rodrigues in Lisbon reveals to you marks of the Portuguese artist, perhaps the one with the most important legacy of the history of popular music in Portugal in the 20th century. Her artistic contribution was determinant for the development and internationalization of fado and she’s considered by many one of its best interpreters. As it should be, Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) sang Lisbon. The city is a recurring topic in countless fados: Gaivota, Ai Lisboa, Lisboa à Noite, Lisboa Antiga, Ai Mouraria, Há Festa na Mouraria, Maria Lisboa, Madrugada de Alfama… But also in popular marches so famous that…

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…

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….

March 7, 2018 getLISBON

On top of the Santana Hill, in front of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, there exists a monument that is particularly interesting, the monument of Dr. Sousa Martins. Around it are thousands of ex-votos of different typologies. Figures in wax, stone plaques engraved with thanks, photographs, notes, flowers … testimonies of healings and desperate requests for miraculous interventions have been heaped over the last 110 years. Were you surprised? At the base of this monument we observe the allegory of Science, personified in a female figure holding a book, seated on reflection. On top of a tall stone column stands…