Exploring Graça| Miradouros and worker’s villages!

Wed, 03.07.2019

Knowing a traditional neighbourhood

On the last 3rd of July, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the miradouros and worker’s villages in Graça.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão guided us during this shinny afternoon. We went up to Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. The name of the belvedere was in honour of a Portuguese poetess who lived between 1919 and 2004. Here, we took many photos of the incredible views to the main points of the city.

A few meters after, we saw our first worker’s village: Villa Sousa. It was created to host the workers of João Luís de Sousa & Filho and was inaugurated in 1890. Indira told us that the workers that lived in these villages were from the countryside. In the capital, they preserved their ways of living of the countryside. 

After that, we went to Villa Berta. It’s another worker’s village, but fancier than Villa Sousa. The architectural style is Art-Nouveau style, very common during the beginning of the 20th century. In additionthe owner Joaquim Francisco do Tojal built it in 1900. Every year, the village organizes the popular arraiais during the month of June.

We ended in Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte. However, this belvedere was even more beautiful than the Miradouro de Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. The troops of D. Afonso Henriques settled in this hill before reconquering Lisbon to the Muslims. After that, we visited the chair of Saint Gens inside a chapel on the belvedere. According to the tradition, the pregnant women have to sit on this chair in order to have a good delivery.

After the walking tour, we had a drink in a nice esplanade.

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A visit to the miradouros and worker’s villages of Graça

Graça it’s a popular neighbourhood located on a hill. Due to its location we can contemplate wonderful viewpoints to the city from the miradouros. Besides that, Graça had a relevant role during the industrialization of Lisbon in the second half of the 19th century! Join us to learn more about this fantastic neighbourhood on the 3rd of July!

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will help us to explore the wonders of Graça! We’ll start at Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.This romantic belvedere has fantastic views that go from the castle down to the river. Everyone calls it Miradouro da Graça, but the official name is Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. The name it’s a homage to a poetess who spent many of her days admiring Lisbon from this spot. In the belvedere we’ll be able to visit Igreja da Graça, an 18th century church.

A few meters after the belvedere, we’ll see an old worker’s village known as Villa Sousa. It was built in 1890 by an industrial man João Luís de Sousa & Filho. His employees lived there while they were working in his factory settled in Xabregas. In the transition of the 19th to the 20thcentury many worker’s villages were built to host the workers that moved to the capital.

Villa Berta it’s another worker’s village that we’ll visit. Joaquim Francisco do Tojal, another industrial man built it in 1900Berta was the name of Tojal’s daughter. In addition, this village has an eclectic architecture in the style of Art Nouveau.

We’ll seize the views in Miradouro da Nossa Senhora. Many people consider that it’s the most beautiful belvedere of the city!

After the walking tour we’ll go to a esplanade!

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