Riverside Lisbon | A walk by Rio Tejo

Tue, 20.08.2019

An adventure by Riverside Lisbon

On the last 20th of August, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour by riverside Lisbon. We explored together the wonders of the riverside Lisbon.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, guided us on the walking tour that started in Praça do Comércio. There, we learned that during the 16th century, Praça do Comércio reached its peak of commercial and political importance. Consequently, the king D. Manuel I transferred the Royal Court from Castelo de São Jorge to Praça do Comércio. Merchants from all over the world came to Lisbon to exchange and trade their products. The Great Earthquake of 1755 indelibly affected the city. Despite the catastrophe, the Marquis of Pombal learned with the mistakes of the past, rebuilding Lisbon with an anti-seismic model. Sometime after the Great Earthquake, Lisbon managed to rise from the ashes.

After we went to Campo das Cebolas. The literal translation to English is onions field. Here we visited the ground floor of Casa dos Bicos. The building built in 1523, with influences of the architecture of the palaces in Venice, belonged to Brás de Albuquerque. He was the second son of Afonso de Albuquerque, viceroy of Portuguese India. Inside Casa dos Bicos, we visited part of Cerca Moura, a wall dated from the late Roman period. Moreover, we saw parts of roman amphorae used to transport salted fish from Lisbon to other parts of the Roman Empire.

Our last stop was Cais do Sodré. At the beginning of the 19th century was called Bairro dos Remolares. It was a area with muddy river beaches. In 1867, the area was transformed and became an industrialized neighbourhood.  Since the 80’s is a bohemian area.

We ended in Pensão Amor, an old brothel converted into a bar.

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A walking tour about the Lisbon riverside

Lisbon and the Tejo’s river are interconnected since the birth of the city to the present day. As other cities located near rivers or oceans, Lisbon has managed to grow and prosper thanks to Tejo. In order to understand the History of Lisbon we have to know the importance of Tejo’s river along the time. To serve this purpose our next walking tour on the 20th of August will be about the Lisbon riverside.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will be responsible to show us one part of the magnificent Lisbon riverside.

We’ll start at Praça do Comércio, important economic centre since the second half of the 15th century.  In this main square, products and people from all continents arrived in Lisbon. Tejo brought wealth and cultural diversity to the capital of the future Portuguese empire.

Then, we’ll go to Campo das Cebolas. The name of this square (which translates to “Onions Field”) derives from a vegetables market that took place on this site in the 1400s. Here we can find the famous Casa dos Bicos, built in 1523. It was the residence of the Portuguese viceroy of India, Afonso de Albuquerque. In addition, it’s one of the few buildings that survived to the Great Earthquake of 1755. On the ground level there is an archaeological site where we’ll be able to find traces from the past 2000 years. Those traces tells us the History of Lisbon riverside.

After, we’ll go in direction to Cais do Sodré. In the beginning of the 19th century, Cais do Sodré, called Bairro dos Remolares, was a polluted area with muddy river beaches.

We’ll end perfectly the walking tour in a cosy esplanade!

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