November 25, 2020 getLISBON

The writer Eça de Queiroz is unarguably, one of the most relevant Portuguese writers of all times. On the day he would turn 175 years old, we want to remember him, recalling his relationship with Lisbon. The novelist, characterised by originality, richness of style and language, great realistic descriptive power, as well as by timeless social criticism, has his work translated into about 20 languages. He’s the author of compelling novels in our literature such as: ‘The Sin of Father Amaro’, ‘The Relic’, ‘The Illustrious House of Ramires’, ‘The Mandarin’, ‘The City and the Mountains’… From the realist movement of…

November 4, 2020 getLISBON

The affirmation of a plural and solidary Lisbon is present in symbolic marks that we find scattered throughout the city. In 1945 the aftermath of the two great world wars that caused millions of deaths, destruction, hunger and misery was lived. And thus, delegates from 50 countries met in San Francisco with the aim of, in their words, “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.” It was in this context that the 30 articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on December…

September 23, 2020 getLISBON

Do you have any clue of the diversity of the public art of the Campo Grande Garden in Lisbon? We’ve put together a route for you to see each of the art pieces there are in this pleasant and historic green space. The Public Art of Campo Grande Garden The Campo Grande Garden was renewed and named Mário Soares Garden in 2018, but it is still mostly known by its former name by the locals. The renovation work at the time allowed restoring buildings and equipment, installing new resources and redrawing green spaces. This extensive area of around 13 hectares…

June 10, 2020 getLISBON

The sculptor Costa Motta (Tio) isn’t one of the most well-known out there. But did you know that many of the emblematic monuments of Lisbon were his work?His first art pieces were the tombs of the explorer Vasco da Gama (1469-1524) and of the poet Luís de Camões (1524-1580), dated from 1894.You can find them side by side on the rood screen of the church of Jerónimos Monastery and they both have the same typology and neo-manueline aesthetic. Because they belong to very prominent personalities of the history of Portugal and due to their location, these tombs are famous tourist…

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,…