February 24, 2021 getLISBON

The Belém Tower, built over 500 years ago, has become the landmark of the city of Lisbon. Classified as a National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. getLISBON’s mainly focuses in less known or explored aspects of the city’s heritage. But Lisbon is also made up of monuments, unmissable symbols that are worth highlighting and getting to know better. That’s what we aimed to do in The Triumphal Arch of Praça do Comércio and now in this article too. Did you know that the official name of the Belém…

February 3, 2021 getLISBON

No one will guess what awaits him when passing by the discreet door of Casa do Alentejo Association, located in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, in the Baixa/Liberdade axis. Inside the headquarters of the Associação Regionalista Alentejana (association of the Alentejo region), we can find stairs that will lead us to a wonderful world of fantasy, eccentricity and luxury. What building is this? What is its story? What association is this that loves and preserves this unique place? Let’s find out… The Alverca Palace The headquarters of Casa do Alentejo Association is based in the old Alverca Palace, built…

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…

March 11, 2020 getLISBON

Situated in one of the most beautiful squares of the world, the Triumphal Arch of Praça do Comércio, most commonly known as Rua Augusta Arch, is the monumental gate that connects Lisbon to Tagus river.The construction process of this Triumphal Arch, the emblematic finishing element of the buildings that constitute the former Terreiro do Paço, was long and certainly not controversy-free.Supported by grandiose columns it is topped by a set of sculptures that carries a lot of meaning.Today it is one of the tourist attractions of the city and a must-visit place for the Portuguese as well as for foreigners,…

November 13, 2019 getLISBON

The columns that the earthquake displaced that we’re telling you about are curious cases of pieces of ruins and demolitions from the catastrophe that were recovered and thus have persisted until today.In the mid-eighteenth century Lisbon was a city of contrasts. A bustling multicultural trading hub marked by prosperity provided by the gold from Brazil. A city both old, with Muslim mediterranean and medieval Christian traces, and new, with monumental baroque signs.From one moment to the next the brutality of the earthquake of 1755, on November 1, and the following tsunami and fires razed the downtown area to the ground.But…