In Lisbon it is already spring: the sun shines, people eat ice-creams sitting outside cafes, tourists leave in their hotels umbrellas and jackets…in this weather, walking down the streets of the city center is a real pleasure. Today, absorbed by this atmosphere and by with the smell of the typical Portuguese cuisine, we have learned more about two art styles, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. In Portugal, unlike the rest of Europe, Neoclassicism has arrived later, at the same time of Romanticism, during XIX century. This is the reason why in Lisbon we can find both of them mixed in a unique combination.
Beatriz helped us to recognize the details in squares, on the façades of historic buildings and of course on the magnificent Arch de Rua Augusta. The Arch represents a link between the city and the rest of Europe, and the sculptures are important people of Portugal past, as Marquess of Pombal, Vasco da Gama and Nuno Álvares Pereira. On the side the figures of the rivers Tagus and Douro.
Our tour has ended in Rossio, with a relaxing drink and a lot of chatter about our different languages. Have fun with us, participate in our tour next week!
Below the pictures of the walking. To see them please click on the first one. Enjoy them!