Ruínas em Lisboa

Tue, 19.11.2019

The History about some ruínas in Lisbon

On the 19th of November, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about some ruínas in Lisbon.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, guided us during this pleasant afternoon. We started at Alfama, more precisely in Rua de Santiago number 18. Here, we can find some of the oldest buildings in Lisbon, built in 1682. It was a palace of the 17th and 18th centuries, property of the family Formosinho Sanches. After the Great Earthquake of 1755, many building were turned into ruins. However, Alfama could resist to the earthquake, and many buildings resisted to the disaster. The palace that we visited is a “survivor” of the catastrophe that changed Lisbon forever.

Then, we went to Igreja da Conceição Velha, located in Rua da Alfândega. The church founded in 1498 by the Portuguese queen D. Leonor, was built above a synagogue. By the way, the synagogue was purposely destroyed to build in its place the church. The façade of Igreja da Conceição Velha is one of the best structures of Manuelino architectural style. The Manuelino’s façade managed to survive miraculously to the Great Earthquake of 1755. The authors of the façade are the same of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: Diogo de Boitaca and João de Castilho. The interior of the church is baroque style.

We ended in Largo do Carmo, next to Convento do Carmo. Founded by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira during the 14th century, the convent was turned into ruins after the Great Earthquake of 1755. All the people died during the disaster, inclusive the tomb of the founder disappeared with the earthquake. The convent was kept in ruins as a tribute of the victims.

After the walking tour, we went to a nice coffee shop settled next to Largo do Carmo!


Disclosing the mysterious Ruínas em Lisboa

Lisbon provides to its visitors good food, friendly people and many historical places to visit. Castelo de São Jorge or Sé Catedral de Lisboa are some of the mandatory places to visit for the ones who are in the city for the first time. However, we have many other surprising monuments that do not appear in tour guides. On our next walking tour, on the 19th of November, we’ll show you some ruínas in Lisbon.

You may be thinking right know: why there is an interest in visiting ruins (ruínas)? Well, they tell us the History of Lisbon after the Great Earthquake of 1755. An earthquake and a seaquake affected Lisbon on the 1st of November of 1755. This tragic event marked the Portuguese capital forever. That’s the reason why is so important to learn about it!

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will help us to understand the importance of the places in ruínas.

We’ll start at Alfama, neighbourhood that could resist to the earthquake of 1755, probably due to its basalt foundations. Here, we’ll see the façade of an old palace built in 1682 and could resisted to the Great Earthquake of 1755. 

Then, we’ll go inside Igreja da Conceição Velha, settled in Rua da Alfândega. Church’s façade is a remarkable structure of the Manueline architectural style that surprisingly wasn’t destroyed with the earthquake. The construction of the church, an initiative of the queen D. Leonor de Viseu, started in 1498 and ended in 1534.

Lastly, we’ll visit Convento do Carmo located in Largo do Carmo. In 1389, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira founded this convent and it was ruined in 1755.

As usual, after the walking tour, we’ll gather in a nice coffee shop.

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