Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Rua da Mouraria)

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Rua da Mouraria)

This old 16th century portal in the edge of the old town of Lisboa, in the area called Mouraria, aparently hides architectural and artistic treasures inside its doors. There's a police station in what used to be a children's hospital and later a home for orphan boys. Loads of stories - biblical stories - are told in the walls of the eight flights of stairs that go up the inner patio of the building, in the form of azulejo, the blue painted tiles that are so present in Portuguese monuments. (to be continued) Este…Read more
No Largo da Achada

No Largo da Achada

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…Read more
Largo da Achada

Largo da Achada

Lisboa has become a city of street art ever since the Carnation Revolution brought with it thousands of political murals in 1974, right down to the international street art stars Vhils and Bordalo II. Many corners and alleys, streets and squares in the old town of Lisboa became showcases for this artform. One of the façades facing the Largo da Achada, a sloped public square with a fountain in its center, was painted by italian street artist Andrea Tarli and depicts a local old lady spraying a selfie-taking hipster tourist - a warning to all tourists…Read more
Beco do Castelo

Beco do Castelo

Deep in the city center of Lisboa, there are still places that utterly feel like a village. Narrow alleys that creep up the hills and dead ends that lure tourists in for their picturesque scenery, with hanging clothes and ad hoc power cable layouts entangling upon crooked, peeling old walls, custom hanging gardens stretching out to the public row. Nothing is really public nor private here, in Beco do Castelo. (to be continued) No centro profundo de Lisboa, ainda há sítios que se parecem aldeias. Travessas estreitas que rastejam colina acima e becos sem saída…Read more
Rua do Bemformoso

Rua do Bemformoso

The narrow street that runs in the north-south direction, connects Martim Moniz - an area notorious for immigrant-owned businesses such as Chinese clothing stores, Indian grocers, African hairdressers -  to Intendente square - priorly associated with drug trafficking and prostitution, that has since been hipsterizing itself - has become, in the latest years, home to immigrant communities, mostly from the Indian sub-continent. As such, Bangladeshi restaurants, halal butchers and Pakistani tailor shops became a common sight in the Bemformoso street, which also houses dozens of European Erasmus students looking for affordable rents and exotic…Read more
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