No Largo da Achada

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On the top edge of the Largo da Achada, there’s a sheltered alley with a staircase and a few private gardens in a public space. Space is seldom entirely public or entirely private in the old town of Lisboa. There’s also one of the dozens of casas de ressalto existing in the city. These are residential buildings, mostly hailing from the 15th century, with overhanging timber-framed floors, leaning over streets and alleys. A clever way of expanding your real estate, which finds its counterpart in the modern marquises. Clever, but dangerous, as most of these overhanging floors collapsed during the 1755 great earthquake. Despite legislation prohibiting them, they were promptly rebuilt, of course. They now pose picturesquely, waiting for the next big one.

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Na frente mais acima do Largo da Achada, há um beco abrigado do sol, com escadinhas e jardins privados em espaço público. O espaço raramente é completamente público ou completamente privado na Lisboa Velha. Também há uma das dúzias de casas de ressalto existentes na cidade. São edifícios de habitação, na sua maioria oriundos do séc. XV, com andares de estrutura de madeira a projectarem-se sobre as ruas e vielas. Uma forma esperta de expandir os bens imóveis, que encontra o seu espelho nas modernas marquises. Esperta, mas perigosa, já que a maioria destes pisos de resalto colapsaram durante o terramoto de 1755. Apesar da legislação subsequente a proibir os ressaltos, estes foram prontamente reconstruidos, claro. Hoje em dia posam pitorescos, aguardando o grande que aí vem.

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No Largo da Achada by / por Roque Gameiro

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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