Ruins in Lisbon

Wed, 06.03.2019

Exploring some of the ruins that make part of Lisbon’s History

On the 6th of March, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the ruins in Lisbon. We were very lucky, because during the tour it wasn’t raining.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, guided us during this afternoon. We started in Alfama, where Indira told us that this part of the city resisted to the earthquake of 1755. Some experts defend that Alfama wasn’t so affected due to its basalt foundations. In this traditional neighbourhood of Lisbon we saw an old palace built in 1682. The facade of the Palace survived to the Great Earthquake. It belonged to the family Formosinho Sanches. Nowadays the building belongs to a hotel.

We visited Igreja da Conceição Velha, located in Rua da Alfândega. This church was built in 1498 by initiative of the queen D. Leonor de Viseu. The construction of the church was finished in 1534. The facade of the church along with Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém is one of the best structures of Manueline. The Manueline’s facade survived to the Great Earthquake. The facade represents Our Lady of Mercy surrounded by important Portuguese personalities of the 16th century. Some of them are the king D. Manuel I, his third wife, D. Leonor and the queen D. Leonor de Viseu.

We endend in Convento do Carmo. D. Nuno Álvares Pereira founded it in 1389. It was occupied by Carmelite friars. During the Great Eathquake of 1755, all the people that were inside the convent died. The tomb of the founder was lost and it was never found. The convent remained in ruins in honour of the victims of the disaster.

After the walking tour, we snacked in a nice coffee shop.

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Unveiling the stories behind Lisbon’s ruins

Lisbon as you may notice is a wonderful city. Despite of being small compared with other European capitals; it has a lot of History. Every day we can learn something different about the city. Are you in doubt? Then, it’s better you join us on the 6th of March! Our Portuguese Language school will organize a walking tour about the Ruins in Lisbon.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us during this afternoon. Most of you probably know that an earthquake and a seaquake surprised Lisbon on the 1st of November 1755. This tragic event marked Lisbon forever. Until nowadays, we have traces of this catastrophe. In this walking tour, we’ll explore some buildings that record the destruction of 1755.

We’ll start in Alfama, area that could resist to the earthquake of 1755. Some experts defend that the basalt foundations of Alfama prevented it from a greater destruction. Some buildings, as the Sé Catedral de Lisboa, were much damaged. In this neighbourhood, we’ll visit the facade of a house built in the 17th century and survived to the disaster!

Then, we’ll go to Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha. This church is located in Rua da Alfândega. It’s the result of the reconstruction of the ancient Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia de Lisboa that collapsed in 1755. The facade of this church is considered one of the best structures of the Manueline, which survived to the Great Earthquake.

We’ll end in Convento do Carmo, located in Largo do Carmo. In 1389, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira founded this convent. Probably, it is the most emblematic survivor of the Great Earthquake.

After the tour, we’ll take a drink together!

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