Considered one of the most remarkable works of the hydraulic engineering ever made and one of the rare and more complex water supply systems of the eighteenth century preserved until the present time.
Started in 1732 works Were Concluded only about a hundred years later around 1834. The Aguas Livres Aqueduct was destined to the water supply of the new fountains Whose net grew wider, since it Were adduced water springs, located near to Sintra, to the reservoir of the Mae d’agua visitable near Amoreiras.
From the source to the Mãe d’Água in Amoreiras, and counting many other secondary paths, the aqueduct stretches for about 59 km. Operating since 1748, it has been disabled in the 3rd quarter of the century. XX, and it was reopened to the public in 1986.
From the aqueduct you will have a high ground view over Lisbon and cross the biggest stone arches in Europe.
On November 1, 1755 the combination of earthquake, tsunami and firestorm devastated Lisbon on All Saint’s Day, turning buildings into deathtraps and transforming the streets of the capital into a hellish landscape. Experience the disaster through the eyes of one of its survivors see how this event brought an empire capital to its knees.
An 8.5 magnitude earthquake with epicenter only 150 miles from the cost undid the city buildings, prompting tens of thousands of people to flee to the riverside, where a tsunami with waves of up to 15 meters killed them. To top this “perfect storm”, the candles that had been lit in Lisbon churches to mark the day fell with the motion of the earth and caused a huge fire in the city’s buildings.
One of the largest earthquakes in history. The phenomenon that reduced the capital to dust, which spread death, which devastated the local economy and rewrote the history of the citadel.
Presented in November 2014 by the American channel Smithsonian Channel, this simulation is part of a series of episodes entitled “Perfect Storm: The Wrath of God” and explains the devastation of the day November 1, 1755 and shows virtual images of what would be the Portuguese capital in the eighteenth century.
Credits to SmithsonianChannel.com
Want to enjoy Lisbon though a different angle while cycling around for a day or just a few hours?
Cycling around Lisbon is one of the best enjoyable ways to discover the city at your own pace. Today, Lisbon offers a network of urban bicycle lanes that allow visitors to appreciate Lisbon on two wheels.
First route, will take you by the Tagus riverside connecting “Belém” to “CaisdoSodré”. Along this route you will discover the “PadrãodosDescobrimentos”, “Jerónimos Monastery” and “Belém Tower”.
Second option, will take you to the Campo Grande gardens, alongtheEntrecampos bike path. We recommend a stop to visit the “MuseudaCidade” and “BordalloPinheiro” Museums.
Third option is touring from the “CaisdoSodré” train station to the seaside town of Cascais, just a few kilometers outside Lisboa, this one is granted to give very nice views.
Fourth option is a relaxing route through Lisbon “Parque das Nacoes”, where the Portuguese Expo was held in 1998. “Parque das Nacoes” visitors can enjoy the cable car ride offering amazing views over the park and Tagus river, contemporary architecture at the “Pavilhão Atlântico” and “Portuguese Pavilhão” and finally, but not least, a visit to the Oceanarium, a must for adults and children.
Check the following companies offering Bicycle renting services:
The connections between bike paths can be made by public transportation, which allow the free transport of bicycles.
Lisboa Subway, “Metro”, users can transport their bikes all day on weekends and on weekdays after 8pm.
Carris offers the Bike Bus service, which covers the following bus routes: 21 – Saldanha – Moscavide Centre, 25 – Oriente Station – Prior Velho, 31 – José Malhoa – Moscavide Centre, 708 – Martim Moniz – Parque das Nações; 723 – Desterro – Algés, 724 – Alcântara – Pontinha.
Under Lisbon downtown, an amazing secret is kept hidden, the Underground Roman Galleries.
The visits are performed in groups with the guidance of professionals from the Lisbon Museum and Archeology Center of Lisbon. No special shoes or clothes are required.
Note: The Galleries are literally underground, that is, visits outside the opening periods are not worth.
Price: Free entrance.
Opening hours: Open to public for short periods without a fixed schedule, our advice is to contact the Tourism Services for more details on visit times.
Note: in 2015 the visits are schedule from the 17/04 to 19/04, 10:00 to 18:00.
Waiting times: Long queues and waiting times can be expected.
Visit length: Around 20 minutes with long waiting times.
Location: the In front of nº77 of Rua da Conceição, corner with Rua da Prata.
Note: The entrance is done through the floor located in the middle of the road.
Alfama is one of the most typical and picturesque Lisbon’s neighborhoods. Their small paths, small sets of stairs and always, always going up. In the end there’s a Jewell you will not want to miss, it deserves a visit both day and night, its the belvedere Gates of the Sun, “Portas do Sol”.
“A Palmeira” may not be a fanciest restaurant but there is indeed something very special about it.
Just outside the Subway station “Baixa Chiado”, you can enjoy a refreshing beer in a typical environment and enjoy the natural flow of working people and students by the of the day. Try a pint of stout beer “caneca de cerveja preta” while having some free lupins or “tremoços” and potatoes chips.
The great diva of fado, Amália Rodrigues, is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic and beloved figures in Portuguese culture. The house where she lived more than half a century was transformed into a house-museum, almost immediately after her death in 1999, preserving many of her personal items.
The now House-Museum Amália Rodrigues, is a beautiful Lisbon like house, situated in São Bento area. On the guided tour of about 30 minutes, the singer’s many admirers may know and enjoy the environment, spaces and objects that populated the artist’s life and that are living testimonies of her career and her personal experiences. Throughout all visit you will be presented with recordings of Fado music.
The Amalia Museum is divided in several rooms, all showing original items:
Living room containing some fado related old pictures and recordings,
Dining room showing a traditional dinning table,
Bedroom, the most intimate and personal space, showing day to day personal items like perfumes, dresses, shawl, shoes and jewelery.
One of the most recognizable symbols of Portuguese Culture is the “Galo de Barcelos”, the Back Rooster figurine.
The traditional figure can be found in many forms like Postcards, Magnets, Clay figurines and usually comes in black color adorned with colorful arrangements.
His story is part of the Portuguese folklore where in a certain day, in city of Barcelos, appeared, following a streak of robberies, a Galician who became suspicious. The authorities decided to arrest him and, despite their oaths of innocence, nobody believed that he was simple a pilgrim on its way to S. Tiago de Compostela to fulfill a promise: it was ardent devotee of the saint who is venerated at Santiago de Compostela, like St. Paul and Our Lady. So, he was sentenced to hang.
Before being hanged, he asked to be brought before the judge who had sentenced him. Granted permission, taken to the residence of the magistrate, who at that time was feasting with some friends. The Galician again stated his innocence and, to the amazement of those present, pointed to a roast chicken that was on the table and exclaimed:
– “It’s so right I am innocent, how certain is this rooster crows when I hang”.
Laughter and comments did not wait, still, nobody touched the rooster.
What seemed impossible become true! When the pilgrim was being hanged, the roasted rooster stood up on the table and sang. Nobody doubted the claims of innocence of the Galicia.
Immediately released, the pilgrim was sent alone.
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