May 9, 2018 getLISBON

On the Dia da Espiga (day of the ear of a cereal plant, usually wheat), during the morning, the streets of Lisbon are invaded by street vendors selling branches of ears. Some carry them in wicker baskets, and some fill strong-coloured plastic big bowls with fresh branches. The Dia da Espiga is commemorated on the Ascension Thursday, the day in which Christians celebrate Ascension of Jesus into heaven, 40 days after the Resurrection. People believe that the ears picked on that day provide happiness and abundance to the home. According to tradition, between 12.00 and 13.00 (holy hour), they go…

May 2, 2018 getLISBON

Congratulations to the Pastelaria Benard that is turning 150 years this year. But this space doesn’t need any introductions. In the heart of Chiado, it has delighted the people of Lisbon and tourists for decades. Its privileged location, a touch of finesse and the spacious terrace contribute to success, but the quality of the confection of their pastries and savoury snacks contributes equally to its popularity. We can highlight the famous croissants, plain or filled with chocolate, sweet egg cream or strawberry, and the pastéis de nata (egg custard tart). But the pastries with whipped cream, colourful macarons, petit fours,…

April 25, 2018 getLISBON

In this day in which we celebrate Freedom, we bring to you the Museu da GNR (Museum of the National Republican Guard), in the Carmo Barrack, in the heart of the historic centre of Lisbon. The important and of great quality collection of this museum allows us to go through history, from the origins of the old Carmo Convent and its founder, the earthquake of 1755 and the emergence of the first predecessor forces, to the creation of the National Republican Guard. And it’s the location of this museum that takes us back to the determinant day of 25th of…

April 18, 2018 getLISBON

The Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church is, perhaps, one of the most unknown spaces of Christian cult, even though it is located right in Pombaline Downtown. Inserted, interestingly enough, in a building like many others, its façade is so discreet that we might come across its door daily without ever noticing that there is a church. A simple triangular pediment, surmounted by a cross, enclosing a bronze olive branch, a stone plaque with the engraved name and a small bell tower indicate the existence of a place of cult. The History of the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church The history…

April 11, 2018 getLISBON

The Geological Museum is a small museum full of treasures, testimonies of other times. It was created in 1857 after the countrywide geological survey, carried out by Carlos Ribeiro and Nery Delgado, who at the time headed the Geological Survey. Since its founding, it occupies the second floor of the Convent of Jesus on Rua da Academia das Ciências. The Museum is valuable not only by its exhibited collection, but also because the museum itself is a testimony of an old museum. In the bookshelves and showcases made of wood and glass, packed with samples of stones, fossils and artefacts,…