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…

February 28, 2018 getLISBON

According with what the great realist writer Eça de Queiroz tells us in the Cozinha Arqueológica, let’s find out the DNA of the traditional flavours of Lisbon and its day-to-day dishes. Lisbon’s gastronomic offer is particularly rich. The options vary from all kinds of spaces and flavours, from traditional food to signature cuisine. You can also savour the most diverse of the international gastronomy. Mix of Influences and Tradition The food habits and the traditional flavours of Lisbon fit in the Mediterranean gastronomy. Throughout the times, Lisbon was target of many and diverse influences that were wisely absorbed by the…

February 21, 2018 getLISBON

About thirty years ago we developed a research on the decorative painting of the traditional boats of the Tagus River and we had the opportunity to know, at the time, one of the last popular painters, the master José Lopes. We found that little remained of this impressive legacy. The boats were, for the most part, ‘ghostly carcasses’ buried in the mud of the fluvial beaches of the South bank. The secret to its construction and painting was mastered by only a few. The interest in maintaining this knowledge seemed to disappear in less than a generation. At that time,…

February 14, 2018 getLISBON

No, it’s not about the Valentine’s Day commemorated in the whole world that we’re going to talk about. We take advantage of this day of celebration of love to mention the romantic attitude of leaving love padlocks in the fences of monuments and its resulting consequences. The love padlocks originated from a Serbian love story dating back to the First World War period. A story of deep passion and dramatic separation that created a practice and local superstition related to padlocks and bridges. However, the Italian writer Frederico Moccia was the main responsible for its disclosure. In his books, he…

February 13, 2018 getLISBON

If you’re visiting Lisbon, it is only natural that you‘re interested in to getting to know Lisbon’s gastronomy by tasting local delicacies. But this post is a bit different. We want to highlight 5 terraces with a fabulous view over Lisbon, to share with you. Since we are very close to Valentine’s Day, you can follow these suggestions to commemorate this day of the celebration of love. In terms of gastronomy and environment they are varied and quite different between them. Keep in mind that in the meantime the restaurants in these locations might’ve changed. However, the view is still…