April 4, 2018 getLISBON

In regard of the emblematic work of the Dadaist artist Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, currently on display in Lisbon, we take the opportunity to tell you about a very peculiar urban piece of furniture, the public urinals. Perhaps you’ve already stumbled across the ones that still remain and never really paid attention to them. Public Urinals of Lisbon The public urinals were invented by the French in the 19th century and exported to all of Europe and America, being still present in cities such as Paris, Amsterdam or Berlin. Lisbon also imported this invention and we could find them in many…

March 28, 2018 getLISBON

The statues of the garden of Praça de Londres (Garden of Irmã Lúcia), next to the church of São João de Deus, haven’t always been there. Do you have any idea of where they came from? If you got to know the Cine-Teatro Monumental, then you probably remember these sculptures. But for those who belong to a younger generation or who’s visiting us, you may not know the story they have to tell us. Cine-Teatro Monumental The statues we’re talking about were part of the façade of one of the most emblematic and modern cine-teatros (venues for films and plays)…

March 21, 2018 getLISBON

Tilework is one of the ‘ex-libris’ of Portugal, that is to say, one of the symbols that represents our country. The innumerate uses of its aesthetic applied to objects as simple as patterns of household linen, stationery, crockery, or the most common souvenirs, prove this. The foreigners appreciate tilework and the Portuguese, after a period of rejection, are now learning to like and comprehend this fantastic coating with which we cross in each corner of any age. It has been about 500 years of historical evolution and of unequivocal importance in the panorama of the Portuguese decorative arts. Of course…

March 14, 2018 getLISBON

On the night of the 5th Sunday of the Lent, Bairro Alto comes out to celebrate. Not to sing fado or for a bohemian night in the countless and famous bars and restaurants, but for a public display of faith, the Procession of Senhor dos Passos (Procession to Calvary): From Bairro Alto to São Roque. Join this small religious manifestation and discover a different side of the neighbourhood. For the visitants of Lisbon, Bairro Alto is an unmissable place, but to witness it on this night will be an unforgettable experience! The Secular Processions We all know that Lisbon is…

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…