Let’s find out the symbols of Lisboa Maçónica!
Considered a sacred city, Lisbon, after the Great Earthquake of 1755, was rebuilt based on Masonic symbols. We’ll unveil them on January, 14th in our walking tour about Lisboa Maçónica!
Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will help us to find out the Masonic symbols hidden around the city!
Freemasonry is considered the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world, but its historical origins are unclear. For some, Freemasonry began with the masons who helped erect European cathedrals during the Middle Ages. For others, Freemasonry is much older and started in Ancient Egypt.
Our route of Lisboa Maçónica will start at Praça do Comércio. This place is the result of the brilliant post-earthquake anti-seismic reconstruction of 1755. The men responsible for Lisbon’s reconstruction: the Marquis of Pombal and Carlos Mardel were Freemasons. Some experts defend that Baixa Pombalina represents a masonic temple, and Cais das Colunas is the entrance into the “great temple”. Crossing the arch of Rua Augusta would mean the passage from darkness to light, which is granted by wisdom.
Then, we’ll go to Rua do Carmo, more specifically to the old Armazéns Grandella. The founder, Francisco de Almeida Grandella was Freemason and built the warehouses with masonic symbols!
In Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro we’ll see another masonic façade of Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas. On the façade there are represented the All Seeing Eye and the elements of Earth, Water, Science and Agriculture.
The last stop of our walking tour about Lisboa Maçónica will be at the Masonic Museum in Bairro Alto. It was founded in 1984.
After the walking tour, we’ll have a drink in Cervejaria Trindade, which is a true masonic temple!