Exploring the Masonic symbols in Lisbon
On the 2nd of May, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the Masonic Lisbon.
The intriguing walking tour started at Praça do Comércio. Indira Leão, our history teacher, told us that according to some theories this square was constructed to reproduce a masonic temple. The Cais das Colunas apparently would be the entrance to the temple. The Arco da Rua Augusta symbolically represents the passage to a world of enlightenment and progress. The 78 arches that compose the Praça do Comércio represent the 78 cards of Tarot. The tarot represents the knowledge of the Egyptians and it is another masonic symbol. The Equestrian statue of D. José I also has some masonic references: for example, the snakes are leading the king to the knowledge. Even the names of the streets: Rua do Ouro and Rua da Prata refers to alchemy.
We went to Rua do Carmo, more specifically for the ancients Armazéns Grandella. The owner was a mason and built the warehouses with masonic symbols. For example the motto E segue sempre por bom caminho is one of that symbols.
In Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro we founded the façade of Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas. The owner of this building: Manuel Moreira Garcia was mason. He represented in the façade masonic symbols as the all Seeing Eye and the elements of Earth, Water, Science and Agriculture.
Then, we went to the Masonic Museum in Bairro Alto. The freemasonry was implemented in Lisbon in 1802.
We ended in Cervejaria Trindade. This beer house is an authentic masonic temple! The owner of the Cervejaria was the same who owned the Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas. We stayed here to drink and socialize. For a moment, we felt like true Freemasons.
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Unveiling the Masonic symbols in Lisbon
What do Rome, Jerusalem and Lisbon have in common? All of them have 7 hills and they are considered “sacred cities”, because they are esoteric and symbolic. Lisbon has masonic symbols that we can’t see at first sight. What kind of masonic symbols are we referring to? You’ll find out in our next walking tour on the 2nd of May.
Our Portuguese language school will organize a walking tour about the Masonic symbols in Lisbon. Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us during this exciting afternoon.
The freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization, based on free will, tolerance and equality. However, its historical origins aren’t clear. Some people defend that masons helped to erect the churches and cathedrals of Europe in the Middle Ages. Others defend that the first masons were descendants of the Templars.
We’ll start at Praça do Comércio. Some experts defend that the Baixa Pombalina was a representation of a mason temple. The Marquis of Pombal and Carlos Mardel, military engineer responsible for the construction of Baixa Pombalina were masons. The Cais das Colunas is, masonically, the entrance of the “great temple”. The Arco da Rua Augusta is also a masonic monument. The serpents that are in the statue of D. José I represent knowledge, another masonic symbol.
Then, we’ll go to Armazéns do Chiado where we’ll pay attention to the masonic symbols A and G.
In Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro we’ll find one of the most iconic façades in Lisbon. The façade tiles of “Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas” are connected to masonic ideals.
At the end of our esoteric tour we’ll socialize in a nice esplanade!