Urban Art in Lisbon | Murals of Nuno Saraiva

Tue, 15.10.2019

The surprising murals of Nuno Saraiva

On the last 15th of October, our Portuguese language school organized a walking tour about the murals of Nuno Saraiva.

Lisbon is a city known for its urban art. We had the opportunity to explore and find some murals of the Portuguese artist Nuno Saraiva.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, accompanied us during the afternoon. We started at Largo de São Carlos to visit the mural Filigrana inaugurated in 2018. Filigrana is a secular tradition of making gold and silver jewellery. Nuno Saraiva represented three women. The first from the Roman period, when Lisbon was known as Felicitas Julia. The second is a Mozarabic woman that during the Muslim domination incorporated both Islamic and Christian beliefs. The third is a contemporary woman, from Minho, the Portuguese region with the greatest tradition in filigree art.

Then, we went to Escadinhas de São Cristóvão to see the mural called fado vadio. It was inaugurated in 2013 with the collaboration of the association Amigos de São Cristóvão. Fado Vadio represents the traditions of Mouraria such as the flourishing of Fado during the second half of the 19th century. Moreover, represents symbols of Lisbon’s tradition and culture, for example the boat and two ravens.

We ended in Rua Norberto de Araújo, where we were able to find the mural História de Lisboa. Through the comics, Nuno Saraiva portrays the history of Lisbon from the Greeks to the Carnation Revolution of 1974. The last part of the mural that represents Portugal after the Carnation Revolution was painted by his daughter.

After our walking tour, we stayed at Miradouro das Portas do Sol to practise the Portuguese language and socialize with the other students.

Our amazing photos are available below!


The stories behind the murals of Nuno Saraiva

Lisbon is an open-air gallery. With a small walking through the city, we can find tile-covered façades and the traditional cobblestone designs. Besides, Lisbon has been recognized as one of the cities with the best urban art. In our next walking, on the 15th of October we’ll explore some murals of the urban artist Nuno Saraiva. Come along to know the works of the alfacinha Nuno Saraiva!

Nuno Saraiva is an illustrator and comic book author. Born on the 27th of August 1969, Saraiva has been collaborating on urban art projects in Lisbon.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will guide us during the walking tour. We’ll start at Largo de São Carlos. Here, we’ll visit the mural called Filigrana inaugurated in 2018. It was commissioned by Casa Anselmo, which created the filigree museum that is next to the mural. Filigrana is an ornamental work made of very thin wires and tiny metal balls, welded to form a design. In this work, Nuno Saraiva, portrayed three women who represent the origins and the development of Filigrana along the time.

In Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, we’ll find the mural Fado Vadio. Inaugurated in 2013, is a project of Movimento dos Amigos de São Cristóvão. It’s an association of the neighbourhood that works to embellish the area, with the help of some artists. The mural is a tribute to Fado music, classified as World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Our last stop will be in Rua Norberto Araújo, where we’ll look on the mural História de Lisboa, inaugurated in 2016. The artistic work shows the perspective of Nuno Saraiva related to the History of Lisbon.

After the walking tour, we’ll go to a esplanade!

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