March 13, 2019 getLISBON

Chintz of Alcobaça is a very expressive and colourful woodblock printed Portuguese cotton fabric. The reason why it is called Alcobaça is still a mystery, seeing that this fabric was never produced in that city.Did you know that one of the main production centres of chintz of Alcobaça was in Lisbon?And that this product resulted from the globalisation from 500 years ago, initiated with the arrival of Vasco da Gama to India, along with the late industrialisation of Portugal in the end of 1700’s?By bringing this subject we want to promote this multi-purpose traditional product, which used to be of…

February 27, 2019 getLISBON

The art of the portuguese pavement is one of the biggest attractions of Lisbon. But did you know that there are curious secrets in the portuguese pavement disguised in the black and white patterns? Let’s find out!We’ve talked about this peculiar art in the article The Origins of the Portuguese Pavement and Its First Exemplars. This time, we want to focus on this fantastic artistic manifestation and discover in it its unexpected curiosities.Yes, unexpected curiosities!If we look closely we can see, hidden in the middle of the eye-catching designs, diverse images that surprise us every step we take.A bunch of…

February 20, 2019 getLISBON

Let’s explore the Santo Amaro Chapel in Lisbon, an Architectonic Gem from the 16th Century, with a circular plan and an arcade completely covered with magnificent polychromatic tiles!Located in the Neighbourhood of Santo Amaro, in the parish of Alcântara, in the West zone of Lisbon, classified as a national monument since 1910, this chapel is, without a doubt, one of the oldest and most peculiar buildings of Lisbon.We suggest you go to Rua 1º de Maio, next to the Carris Museum and go up the stairs that begin right at the start of Calçada de Santo Amaro, just like the…

February 13, 2019 getLISBON

The iconography connected to Our Lady of Nazaré and to the Miracle of D. Fuas Roupinho is relatively common in the West region of the country, particularly in Nazaré.In Lisbon the representation of this theme is rare, but during our walks around the city of the Seven Hills we found 3 evocations to this miracle that we want to bring to our readers.Let’s, in the first place. find out about the story of Our Lady of Nazaré and the Miracle of D. Fuas Roupinho, one of the most famous legends of the history of Portugal. Our Lady of Nazaré and…

January 30, 2019 getLISBON

The Changing of the Guard in London, among others, is without a doubt the most popular one. But did you know that in Lisbon you can also watch a Changing of the Guard?Lisbon enchants its visitors with its history, its typical neighbourhoods, the viewpoints with gorgeous views and even its irresistible Lisbon gastronomy. But it’s here that you can have the opportunity of admiring one of the most extraordinary and grand Changings of the Guard and of witnessing the one-of-a-kind performance of the Mounted Brass Band. Changing of the Guard This ceremony of great symbolism and tradition, considered one of…