When we leave the dark Calçada do Garcia we find Largo de São Domingos full of light. From this balcony we see Rossio, the D. Maria II theatre and Ginginha.
Igreja do Espírito Santo
Although it is in the same area of previous posts, these facades are stowed. But that is the reason that perhaps why, at least in my way of seeing, they lose much of its typical neighborhood character.
(Yes, he's cute!)
The names have been adapted, they are not real :)
This picture was taken by Paulo Santos in the Bairro Alto.
Bairro Alto is an area of central Lisbon.
Nowadays, it functions as a residential, shopping and entertainment district. Bairro Alto is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon. Dozens of fado singing clubs animated the area. All the major Portuguese newspapers had their offices in there. Prostitution was visible and considerable.
Since the 1990s, Bairro Alto went through major changes. Lisbon's city council made extensive repairs, and dozens of new restaurants, clubs and trendy shops were opened. Many young people moved into the area. Cars were banned (except for residents and emergency vehicles). Today, Bairro Alto (or just Bairro) is the heart of Lisbon's youth culture and nightlife. Lisbon's punk, gay, heavy metal music, goth, hip hop and reggae scenes all have the Bairro as their home, due to the number of clubs and bars dedicated to each of them. During daytime, the Bairro is a traditional district where older people shop for groceries, and the younger generations visit art galleries like Zé dos Bois, bookshops like Ler Devagar or arty gift shops like Hold Me.
Despite the heavy police presence, illegal drugs are sold in the streets. In 1995, a group of far-right skinheads attacked and killed Alcino Monteiro, a Portuguese citizen of African origin. This zone struggles with a problem of vandalism, with graffiti destroying historical buildings, such as the birthplace of Fernando Pessoa.