Traditions of Alfama

Wed, 08.08.2018
Praça da Figueira

Learning more about the popular symbols of Alfama

In the last tour, on the 8th of August, our Language School took its students to visit Alfama. This is one of the most typical neighbourhoods in Lisbon, full of tradition and history.

We went to Escadinhas de São Cristóvão to admire the amazing mural painting named Fado Vadio. It was created in 2011 by a group of artists: Movimento dos Amigos de São Cristóvão. Fado Vadio is very representative of the popular traditions of Alfama. Here, we can find Severa and Fernando Maurício, main figures of Fado, and a representation of Saint Antony.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, led us to the Sé de Lisboa. This is one of the most important places in Alfama. It was built after the Christian conquest of Lisbon in 1147, and was reconstructed after the disaster in 1755. There is a legend behind this place that explains why the raven and the boat are symbols of Lisbon. King D. Afonso Henriques ordered that the relics of Saint Vincent were transported from Sagres to the . During all the sea journey, two ravens accompanied and protected the body of the Saint. That’s why the ravens and the boat make part of Lisbon’s coat of arms.

After the Sé, we went to Igreja de Santo António. We visited the crypt where, according to the history of the monument, Saint Antony was born and lived. Here, religious believers worship Saint Antony. He is so popular that the 13th of June is a holiday in Lisbon dedicated to him.

After our interesting walking tour, we went to a terrace in the viewpoint of Santa Luzia to enjoy the view and the great company!

Check out the photos of the tour

Check out our photos of the tour to Alfama! 😊😎

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Uncovering the secrets of a typical neighbourhood in Lisbon

Alfama is the oldest and the most typical neighbourhood in Lisbon. Full of History and stories to tell derived from the Muslim presence in Lisbon, since 711 to 1147. The Fado music flourished here. Saint Antony was born and lived in Alfama. Do you want to unlock more mysteries and curiosities about this amazing neighbourhood? Don’t miss the opportunity to join us in one more wonderful tour on the 8th of August!

As usual, Indira Leão, our history teacher, will guide us through the misteries of Alfama. During the tour we’ll have the chance to see the mural painting called “Fado Vadio”.  It’s very representative of the popular traditions of Alfama. Then, we’ll visit the place where Saint Antony was born and lived. We’ll find the Church of Saint Antony, that was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1755.  After that, we’ll see the oldest defensive wall in Lisbon known as Cerca Moura. The wall was built in the late roman period, and had a relevant defensive role during the Muslim period until the 14th century. We’ll notice that most of the streets and buildings maintain the Medieval characteristics, because Alfama resisted to the disaster of 1755.

In the end of the tour, we’ll enjoy the sun in the belvedere of Santa Luzia. It will be the perfect time to know other people and, at the same time, to admire an amazing view!

During the tour, our history teacher Indira Leão will speak in Portuguese and English. You will learn more about the history and traditions of Lisbon, while exercising your knowledge of Portuguese.

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