September 16, 2020 getLISBON

 In this article we want to surprise you with a selection of unique toponymic plaques of Lisbon.They’re different from the traditional and official models that we shared with you in Typologies of Toponymic Plaques of Lisbon, where we talked about their connection with the development and occupation of urban space.This time we suggest you see completely different plaques that break the mould. They’re discreet details that reveal particularities and tell us interesting episodes related to this fascinating city. The Selection of Unique Toponymic Plaques of Lisbon There are many non-official toponymic plaques of different formats and materials that we observe…

September 9, 2020 getLISBON

Today we want to talk about the first means of transport of Lisbon. Among them, we find the origin of one of the biggest icons of the city: the Trams.Alongside monuments such as Sé or Belém Tower, tiles, the portuguese pavement, the historic lifts and funiculars, or even alongside sardines, there’s always the Tram that, for over 100 years, has crossed the seven hills of Lisbon.But what is its origin? Have you ever heard of the Omnibus, Larmanjat or Americano? It might get you curious if we tell you that these are the names of the first means of transport…

September 2, 2020 getLISBON

Unveiling the public art in Príncipe Real Garden was a promise we made in our article Príncipe Real Garden, Attractions and Curious Facts.This magnificent romantic garden keeps four pieces of public art that are worth seeing.They’re three tributes to intellectuals that marked the Portuguese literature and political panorama, as well as a recent solidarity memorial that you might not know of yet. Monument of França Borges Monument of França Borges, by the sculptor Maximiano Alves Let’s start with the oldest piece of public art in Príncipe Real Garden from between 1924 and 1925 that pays homage to França Borges (1871-1915),…

July 29, 2020 getLISBON

In the 5 relief ceramic panels we’ve selected we can see bold and/or contrasting colours and a plasticity that results from the combination of sculpture and classic tilework.Portuguese tilework has stood out worldwide for centuries due to its monumentality, scenographic sense and chromatic characteristics. But also due to the crossing of various arts and the originality in its application that establishes a dialogue between the tiles and the space itself.A traditional tile consists of a squared flat ceramic slab, but we can’t forget about the relief Aresta or Corda-Seca tiles from the 16th century. These tiles’ ceramic relief prevented the…

July 22, 2020 getLISBON

Lisbon’s light … How can we define a phenomenon that everyone recognises but that is so hard to put into words? Nothing better than poems to transmit what’s special and what’s difficult to explain. Lisbon’s light is frequently mentioned in poems and in fado lyrics. But painters, photographers and filmmakers, either Portuguese or foreigners, also seek to capture and register the intensity and glow that enchants them and that is an intangible icon of the city. It’s a fascinating natural phenomenon, well-known internationally and one of the true reasons to visit Lisbon. But why does this city of the seven…