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Vista do Castelo de São Jorge
Elevador da Bica
Oceanário - Parque das Nações
Docas - esplanadas junto ao rio
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Parque Eduardo VII
Praça do Comércio - Terreiro do Paço
Estátua de Fernando Pessoa no café A Brasileira
Pastéis de Belém


City of the tousand colours


In the “Book of Disquiet”, Bernardo Soares praises the Portuguese capital with the following words: “There are no flowers for me, under the sun, as beautiful as the varied colours of Lisbon”. With or without an alter ego, other writers, besides Fernando Pessoa, had in Lisbon their major source of inspiration: Garcia de Resende, Camões, D. Francisco Manuel de Melo, only to mention the classics. What is it so inspiring about Lisbon? First of all, the location: an endless estuary with Arrábida mountain range far away. Secondly, the topography. Rome is not the only one to be proud of its seven hills. Lisbon goes up and down, from Graça to the Castle, From Campo de Santana to São Pedro de Alcântara, from Estrela to Politécnica. And, finally, the history. Lisbon was the meeting point of several people: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths and Moors, who have traded, fought or settled here, leaving their traces, some of them quite clear, other more subtile. But Lisbon was also an imperial city, where the ships and galleons full of the treasures from Africa, East and Brazil docked in. In its streets, “many crazy people” elbowed, in the words of the chronicle author, Fernão Lopes. In the beginning of November 1st 1755, all the marks of ancient centuries and part of the former imperial glamour vanished in few seconds, when the worst earthquake in the history of Lisbon destroyed it. However, not everything fell apart, or was consumed by fires. Alfama and Mouraria quarters, vestiges of the old city, lived side by side with the geometrical and full of light downtown conceived by Marquis de Pombal, the symbol of a whole new rebirth from the ashes. This city did not surrender to the gods’ wrath and was rebuilt by thanks to the lights of Reason. After that, Tejo riverbanks were conquered in the 18th century, from Cais do Sodré to Belém, thanks to the embankements. There was the authoritarian urbanism of Duarte Pacheco in the 40’s of the 20th century. The east side of the city was recovered for EXPO’98. All of these changes have helped shaping the city, as we know it. As in the time of Damião de Góis, Lisbon is made of many people and cultures, crossed by the light of a Mediterranean city and the geometry of an Atlantic capital, where modernity and tradition go hand by hand and the future has already begun.


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