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…

April 18, 2018 getLISBON

The Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church is, perhaps, one of the most unknown spaces of Christian cult, even though it is located right in Pombaline Downtown. Inserted, interestingly enough, in a building like many others, its façade is so discreet that we might come across its door daily without ever noticing that there is a church. A simple triangular pediment, surmounted by a cross, enclosing a bronze olive branch, a stone plaque with the engraved name and a small bell tower indicate the existence of a place of cult. The History of the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church The history…

March 21, 2018 getLISBON

Tilework is one of the ‘ex-libris’ of Portugal, that is to say, one of the symbols that represents our country. The innumerate uses of its aesthetic applied to objects as simple as patterns of household linen, stationery, crockery, or the most common souvenirs, prove this. The foreigners appreciate tilework and the Portuguese, after a period of rejection, are now learning to like and comprehend this fantastic coating with which we cross in each corner of any age. It has been about 500 years of historical evolution and of unequivocal importance in the panorama of the Portuguese decorative arts. Of course…