October 29, 2021 getLISBON

The monumental fountains of Rossio are two landmarks of the 19th century Lisbon that can’t go unnoticed in this city of seven hills. There are others, which we’ve already mentioned in Iron Fountains of the 19th Century Lisbon. However, despite being fascinating, they don’t have the impressiveness of these ones, located in the capital’s living room, that imprint monumentality, embellish and refresh Rossio since 1889. The monumental fountains of Rossio are part of the so-called Pombaline Downtown, which is classified as Public Interest. But do you know the origin of these fountains, where they were produced, who their author is…

October 1, 2021 getLISBON

The iron fountains of the 19th century Lisbon are a fascinating subject not only for the beauty of its object of study, but also for the fact that information about its origin and authorship is not easily available. This approach requires us, therefore, to take a particularly careful look, seeking to uncover similarities between other identical specimens spread all over the world. Fountains of Lisbon There are countless fountains that we can observe in Lisbon. In many of the city’s gardens we find fountains with stone tanks of different sizes and periods, some with associated sculptural elements that deserve to…

April 21, 2021 getLISBON

The entalados of the 1950s Lisbon are sculptural elements that were present in the decorative stonemasonry of the new buildings from the second expansion of Avenidas Novas. In order to enrich these new rental buildings, small spaces were left on the façades, usually on the top or side of the main doors, to be decorated. The aesthetic options of the time were, predominantly, sculptures or reliefs of figurative character. Did you know that these decorative works were a response to an imposition of the city’s urbanisation plan? But what’s the origin of the entalados of the 1950s Lisbon? Where can…

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…