December 19, 2018 getLISBON

The Nativity Scene of the Estrela Basilica is one of the most spectacular amongst the many baroque nativity scenes that exist in Lisbon. It was ordered by Queen Maria I to the sculptor Machado de Castro. The complex of the Estrela Basilica and of the Convent of the Nuns of Carmelites is situated in Estrela and is one of the most well-known religious temples of the late 18th century of the city of Lisbon. Queen Maria I promised she would order built a church if she were to get pregnant. Thus, between 1779 and 1790 this monumental building, the first…

December 12, 2018 getLISBON

Bright and colourful, with classic or surprising shapes, the Christmas lights in Lisbon fill the city with magic and joy! https://youtu.be/1qzAwtx9SP0 These luminous ornaments are already a tradition in the main points of the city, from Downtown Lisbon, going along the Avenida da Liberdade until the Marquês de Pombal Square. And of course, in the area of Chiado and of Príncipe Real. Every year more and more spots of the city are decorated and illuminated, just like the Avenidas Novas. The Christmas lights in Lisbon are getting more sophisticated and stunning each time. They’ve been an attraction for the nationals…

December 5, 2018 getLISBON

Right outside of Alfama neighbourhood, installed in the Azurara Palace, we can find the Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts (Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas). It’s a fascinating space marked by the relevance of its assets, by its quality and its mission’s importance. It’s a place where the knowledge of the traditional techniques and the attention to detail make us enter a new dimension where time passes slowly. Collection of Ricardo do Espírito Santo e Silva Tapestry “Cortejo com Girafas” (parade with giraffes) of the Tounai Atelier, around 1510 The Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts was opened to the public in…

November 28, 2018 getLISBON

Today we bring you the Church of Conceição Velha, one of the most curious churches of Downtown Lisbon. It is located in Rua da Alfândega, next to Praça do Comércio and its history has several particularities. The most evident one is the fact that the building still displays an old gate from the 16th century that survived the earthquake of 1755 and that clearly differs from the discreet façades of the Pombaline Downtown. The second particularity is that its story is associated to singular feminine figures. Since its edification in the beginning of the 16th century to its reconstruction in…

November 21, 2018 getLISBON

When the weather is colder, we naturally feel like drinking a warm and comforting drink during breakfast or lunch. We’ve decided to bring you today three curious styles of coffee with milk from Portugal: galão, meia-de-leite and garoto, three varieties that warm our soul and heart. In the current touristic and global Lisbon, the Italian expressions such as cappuccino, latte or caffè machiatto already exist in the menus of modern cafés. But in the most traditional ones the 3 styles of coffee with milk from Portugal still remain as the usual way of the locals enjoying and ordering coffee with…