Lisbon Walks

Cultural walks in Lisbon, guided by the reasercher, Dra. Ana Pinto from CHAM/FCSH (PhD in History).


Due to the Covid-19 contingency plan the walks are suspended until futher notice.

We will try to reschedule the walks when possible.



Lisbon through Miradouros- 14th March

A tour to discover Lisbon and its urban evolution, climbing from terrace to terrace and
enjoying different panoramic views of the city. This is the best way to have an insight
Lisbon’s development and its history. Where were located the first settlements? Who
were the people that inhabitant Lisbon during the times? When did Lisbon become the
capital of Portugal? How did Lisbon operated as capital of an empire? Where does it
reflect the strong connection with the sea? How urban development shows social and
class organization? How earthquakes influenced the city development?

Lisbon between faiths: dialogues and ruptures- 28th March

Since old times Lisbon was a place where Moorish, Judaic, and Christian interacted, both
in dialogue and rupture. All foster political conquest and religious imposition, all rooted
mundane superstitions and erected heritage landmarks, shaping Lisbon’s development.
In this tour we will seek the presence of those different religions in Lisbon. How did people
of each creed inhabited the town? How each creed guaranteed their religious freedom?
Were there times of persecution? Wandering through heritage and city landscape we will
discover the legacy of the three creeds in the construction of Lisbon.

Lisbon as a World city- 18th April

This tour will be centered in the Belém neighbourhood and will guide you through a
heritage of celebration. In the sixteenth century Lisbon was the head of a maritime empire
and from Belém departure the vessels which crossed the oceans. Over there was erected
the Monastery to commemorate the discovery of the maritime way to India, and over
there was placed the temporary exhibition of the «Mundo Português, a 20th-century
celebration of Portugal in the world, the most striking political-cultural event during
Estado Novo. We will confront the edified heritage with images of the exhibition’s
architecture, already destroyed, and discuss how the Portuguese built their identity.

 Lisbon before and after the earthquake- 25th April
At about 9 am on November 1st, 1755, Lisbon shuddered with a deafening roar. It was
the sound of destruction. A strong earthquake, followed by a tsunami and by a huge fire,
devastated almost all the capital. It is no exaggeration to talk about the existence of a
Lisbon before and after that day. In this tour, you will visit some buildings which survived
the devastation and you will travel between a disappeared Lisbon and a reborn city within
a new order. How did Lisbon look like before that disaster? Which transformations were
taken in place afterwards? How Lisbon’s people lived the aftermath of the event? Which
was its’ impact in Europe?

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