Vila Berta

Lisboa is warming up for the Santos festivities, later on, in the evening.

Vila Berta, in Graça, became a phenomenon, a few years back, by bringing to the festivities an audience that wasn’t used to partake in them, and by becoming one of the most known hubs of the fest in the city. These are the results of the effort of a few family members of the original builder of the model village, and of a municipal grant for renovation. I had the chance of meeting the main house of the vila, and get acquainted with the owners – descendants of the founding industrialist – who told a few stories about the house and the experience of living in one of the hotspots of the Santos.

Os Santos preparam-se para ser celebrados em Lisboa, logo à noite.

A Vila Berta, na Graça, tornou-se um fenómeno em Lisboa, há alguns anos atrás, ao atrair para as festividades dos Santos Populares uma parte da população que não tinha por hábito participar nelas, e a tornar-se num dos arraiais mais célebres da cidade. São os resultados do esforço de alguns familiares do construtor da vila operária, e de um financiamento camarário. Tive a oportunidade de visitar a casa-mãe, e de conhecer os proprietários, descententes do industrial fundador, que contaram algumas das peripécias da casa, e partilharam a experiência de viver num dos pólos das festas de Lisboa.

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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