June 17, 2020 getLISBON

Have you noticed that there are several typologies of toponymic plaques in Lisbon? Did you know that they have stories and curious facts to tell? Let’s find out!There’s no doubt that toponymy, the etymological and historic study of the origins of place names, is a very interesting field that reveals to us precious and surprising information about places and localities.But in this article we won’t cover toponyms but rather their display, true records that carry interesting aspects of the history of a city. The Evolution of Typologies of Toponymic Plaques of Lisbon For centuries the names of streets and places…

January 22, 2020 getLISBON

Bordalo Pinheiro Garden is located at the far end of Campo Grande and it is a surprising world of the unusual and the fantastical that you’ll want to visit.Integrated in a summer palace of the 18th century, where today is the headquarters of the Museum of Lisbon, we can find this walled garden that is more than a homage to the amazing plastic artist.The Bordalo Pinheiro Garden originated from the idea of a business woman, was developed by a plastic artist, saved a centenary company from bankruptcy, sought to relaunch the then City Museum and today is open to the…

July 17, 2019 getLISBON

In order to tell you about the fountain-drinking troughs of Sociedade Protectora dos Animais (an animal welfare organisation) we must first talk about the person whose name has been given to one of the most beautiful streets of Lisbon.Júlio de Andrade wasn’t just an important member of the upper bourgeoisie of Lisbon of the end of the 19th century. His mark is highlighted by his role as a founding member of the Sociedade Protectora dos Animais in 1875.This is an institution that still today has a fundamental role in the protection and promotion of the adoption of abandoned animals, as…

April 3, 2019 getLISBON

Today we bring to you the old concept of public toilet, the WC kiosks of Lisbon. These are true design pieces with an artistic value that’s worth preserving.We’ve had the opportunity to talk about the old public urinals that this city still maintains. But this article’s about another equipment of the early 20th century of which four exemplars still remain.We’re also going to reveal you the location of another kiosk that has already been demolished and that we were able to find in old photos. An Innovative Project Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa; Project of the WC kiosks; 1913; José Alexandre…

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…