An underground visit to Lisbon’s past
On the 22nd of May, our Portuguese language school took our students to Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros.
Indira Leão, our history teacher, accompanied us. The guided visit to the museum was held in Portuguese by Lurdes, a guide of the museum.
The Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros is a museum dedicated to the History of Lisbon. Since 1995, it belongs to a Portuguese bank called Millenium BCP.
Between 1991 and 1995 in the course of the remodelling works carried out in the building there were found archaeological structures. Those structures belonged to different people that, along the time, inhabited Lisbon.
Lurdes showed us a map of Baixa after the Great Earthquake. She said that, by that time, the museum was a few meters from the riverbank.
Then, she took us to an underground area, where we had to lower ourselves a bit to be able to pass. It was quite an adventure mostly for the taller people! There she showed us roman structures of a house, which supposedly belonged to a noble family. We also saw some roman wells and a small skeleton of a man. The human remains found during the archaeological excavations indicate that there was a roman necropolis. We also saw traces of the places where the Romans salted the fish.
Already upstairs we saw a wine jar from the 13th century. It was found well preserved. There were other archaeological pieces on display: medieval cups, figures from the modern age of Saint Anthony, Roman oil lamps and coins.
We learned many things about the History of Lisbon and we had the chance to practise the Portuguese language!
After the guided visit, we had a drink in a nice terrace in Martim Moniz!
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A guided visit to Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros
Lisbon has great museums to visit and learn more about the history of the city. Our Portuguese language school decided to organize a guided tour to the Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros. Join us on the 22nd of May!
Indira Leão, our history teacher will accompany us to the museum. The visit is free and will be held in Portuguese by a guide of the museum.
During the guided visit, we’ll explore the history of Lisbon since the Roman period until the pombaline’s period.
From the Roman period, we’ll see pieces of amphora used to carry olive oil.
In 411, Lusitania, the actual territory of Iberia Peninsula, started to be dominated by barbarian peoples such as the Alans, the Visigoths and the Suevi. From this period, we will observe in the museum a grave with a body inside it.
The Muslim presence that has been felt in Lisbon since the year 714 can also be found in the museum. Among the Muslim remains we can find ceramic utensils such as pots and lamps.
The Christian Lisbon, began in 1147 when the Christians reconquered the city to the Muslims. We’ll find a vase used to serve wine and was imported from the Saintonge region.
The Great Earthquake of 1755 and the Reconstruction of Lisbon marked another age of the History of Lisbon: the pombaline’s period. We’ll see some anti-seismic innovations made at this time.
We’ll discover more important archaeological artefacts and stories of Lisbon!
At the end of the guided tour, we’ll go to a cosy esplanade!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to practise your Portuguese skills while learning about the History of the city.