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,…

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…