February 6, 2019 getLISBON

Between the São Jorge Castle and the Downtown Lisbon is the Limoeiro (lemon tree) Square, where many tourists often pass by. But did you know that it has many interesting stories to tell?In this zone there’s a daily hustle and bustle of tourists that on foot, by tram or by tuk tuk, cross the historic centre of the city, admiring the view over the river and the still typical oldest part of Lisbon.However, this is a very recent reality. The development and the dynamics of a society alter its configuration and occupation of space.The origin of Lisbon is lost in…

November 7, 2018 getLISBON

We know that the oldest neighbourhood of Lisbon is Alfama, but the heart of the city is indisputably the Pombaline Downtown. This and its surrounding area is the place of choice of the visitors, an open air shopping centre for the locals and the meeting point for everyone. But these rigorously drawn streets are the result of an enormous catastrophe. If it weren’t for the devastation caused by the violent earthquake of 1755, this place would surely be different. Saying Lisbon before and post-earthquake is the same as saying Lisbon before and post-Pombal. The earthquake brought with it, in a…

September 12, 2018 getLISBON

One of the most beautiful streets of Lisbon takes us to the surprising Torel Garden. It dates back to the 19th century, it is small, discreet and its name is Júlio de Andrade. But who was Júlio de Andrade? Besides naming this street, what is his connection to this artery that is considered to be one of the most beautiful streets of Lisbon? Let’s find out! Júlio de Andrade, a rich banker from the upper bourgeoisie of Lisbon, left his mark both by the aesthetics of the small palaces, and by the implementation of a curious urban equipment that we’ll…

May 30, 2018 getLISBON

Today we highlight 5 Municipal Libraries from the eighteen that are spread over Lisbon. Going to the library isn’t necessarily to conduct a bibliographic search. We present you a different perspective of these spaces of culture that are installed in buildings with history. The Municipal Libraries are spaces that depend on the parishes or directly on the City Council of Lisbon and where you can consult and borrow books, magazines and newspapers, as well as use computers and the internet. Nowadays, they have a much more dynamic role. Besides their inherent function, their cultural agenda is filled with exhibitions, workshops…

May 16, 2018 getLISBON

Today we challenge our readers to venture on a visit to Solar dos Zagallos, an old small palace in Sobreda, 15 minutes away from Lisbon, right next to the city of Almada on the South bank of the Tagus River. In this surprising palatial house of the 18th century, currently belonging to the City Council of Almada, is installed the particularly dynamic Cultural Centre. Here are gathered the patrimonial value of the house and the cultural contemporary activities that justify our choice for a pleasant stroll. From the second half of the 17th century, this region began to be occupied…