#121 - Largo do Chiado sign

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I have been posting pictures mostly of the center of the city because it is of easy access and I don't have no other chance to do more due to work and classes., however I know that you are liking it as a result of your comments. I thank all your comments and within three weeks I hope that everything goes back to normal and I can get to visit your blogs as well as comment on them because as I said once the only way to built a memory is through sharing. Kisses!


#120 - Largo do Chiado

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Largo do chiado and praça luis de camões are two connected squares in the area dotted with elegant shops, cafés and “casas de fado”. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view from the intersecting street to the river tagus in the distance, nice proportions, lots of content, a space for people watching, interesting paving, and two monuments. All of these factors make largo do chiado a very good example what can be done in a big city to preserve most of a square’s traditional values.[*]


#119 - Elevador de Santa Justa

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The Santa Justa Lift , also called Carmo Lift , is a lift in the city of Lisbon at Santa Justa Street. It connects downtown streets with the uphill Carmo Square.

Iy was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, and apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907.
The iron lift is 45 metres tall and is decorated in neogothic style, with a different pattern on each storey. The top storey is reached by helicoidal staircases and has a terrace that offers views of Lisbon Castle, the Rossio Square and the Baixa neighbourhood. There are two elevator booths. Each has wooden interior and accommodates 24 people.
The lift has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon as, among the urban lifts in Lisbon, Santa Justa is the only vertical one. Others, including Elevador da Glória and Elevador da Lavra, are more like funiculars that help climb the slopes of Lisbon.

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#118 - A Brasileira

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"A Brasileira (Portuguese for "The Brazilian Woman") is one of the oldest and most famous cafés in Lisbon. It is located 120 Rua Garrett, on the Chiado Square (Largo do Chiado), in the Chiado district, near the Baixa-Chiado metro stop.
A Brasileira was opened by Adriano Telles on 19 November 1905 as a shop selling "genuine Brazilian coffee" from Minas Gerais state. A shopper who bought a kilogram of ground coffee, for 720 reis, was entitled to a free cup of coffee. It was the first shop to sell the "bica", a small cup of strong coffee, similar to espresso. It was remodelled in 1908 and again in 1922, concentrating on selling drinks. It was decorated in Art Deco style, with a green-and-gold entrance and an interior with wooden booths, mirrored walls, brass fittings, and a long oak bar.

It was a favoured haunt of intellectuals, including Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, and writers Aquilino Ribeiro and Alfredo Pimenta. A bronze statue of Pessoa by sculptor Lagoa Henriques was placed outside the café in 1988 (although his favoured café was Martinho da Arcada on the Praça do Comércio, which was founded in 1782). An early proprietor allowed painters to hang their works on his wall. The interior was refurbished in the 1960s, when paintings by José de Almada Negreiros and other prominent artists were moved to the Centro de Arte Moderna (now Chiado Museum).

It is a popular tourist destination, and prices are high. "
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#117 - Chiado Fire

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On August 25, 1988, a fire started in Carmo Street and quickly spread to Garrett Street and others, destroying a total of 18 buildings of the Chiado. Two people were killed, and 73 were injured (60 of them firemen). From 200 to 300 people lost their homes. Several of the historical shops were lost. In terms of the extent of the city affected and number of destroyed buildings, the Chiado fire is considered the worst disaster to strike the city since the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.

A rebuilding project directed by Portuguese architect Siza Vieira has, to a great extent, returned the area to its former glory. The exterior look of the buildings were restored, while the interiors have been completely renovated.



#116 - 25 Abril Freedom Day?

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Today Portugal is celebrating the freedom day . However it seems that the Portuguese missed its significance and this is their attitude toward life. Nobody reacts to the fact that it is constantly threatened at work and to the injustices committed.
Disunity and fear prevails.

Rua do Carmo


#115 - Florist in Rua Garrett

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"Chiado is the name of a square and its surrounding area in the city of Lisbon, in Portugal. The Chiado is located between the neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina.
The Chiado is a traditional shopping area that mixes old and modern commercial establishments, concentrated specially in the Carmo and Garrett Streets. Locals as well as tourists visit the Chiado to buy books, garments, pottery as well as to have a cup of coffee. The most famous café of Chiado is "A Brasileira", famous for having had poet Fernando Pessoa among its customers. The Chiado is also an important cultural area, with several museums and theatres.
Several buildings of the Chiado were destroyed in a terrible fire in 1988, an event that deeply shocked the country. Thanks to a renovation project that lasted more than 10 years, coordinated by celebrated architect Siza Vieira, the affected area is now recovered."
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#114 - "Lisbon city of tolerance"

Two monuments in stone, one Catholic and one Jewish, and a mural with the inscription in 34 languages, "Lisbon, a city of tolerance" was inaugurated this morning by the representatives of Catholic and Jewish faith, and municipal authorities in Largo de São Domingos.
The "monuments" were executed in marble stone, and the Judeo-shaped half an orange, is a reference to the victims of 1506, and the Catholic formed by several blocks straight with two meters high, is the inscription "we must not forget the sad fate of the Christians ".
The Massacre in Lisbon in 1506 was as it erased the collective memory, a piece of shame that is not forgotten in the books of history, fell by the wayside and only a handful of historians to refer to it. A crowd moved by religious fanaticism chased, violated, torturing and killed between two thousand to four thousand people, accused of being Jewish.


Largo de São Domingos Today

#113 - Rua do Carmo

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Rua do Carmo it's a relatively small artery but of great commercial importance, due to the proximity of areas like the Rossio and Bairro Alto. There are shops of international brands and some other, traditional and very old. After the Fire do Chiado the end of the 80 the street went through a period of decline, but has revitalize itself since the reopening of the old warehouses of the Chiado, in the form of a modern commercial center, and today is a major shopping streets of Lisbon.

This is another street cut to transit. The car sales fado music.


#112 - Baixa/Chiado Metro Station

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Click the photo and enjoy a trip of 45 meters profound.

This station allows access to the Baixa and the Chiado, and is one of the most crowded of the city. The architectural project was the work of architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and of plastic painter Angelo de Sousa. Due to locate the approximately 45 meters from the surface, the station Baixa/Chiado is the most profound of the entire network of Metro in Lisbon.
The signs are related to Islamic art, but retains as much as possible characteristics of simplicity and restraint of means to be used: white tiles and, in some areas of the walls and ceiling, a gilded inscriptions.


#111 - Rua D Antão de Almada

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From the same place of the previous post but looking at the opposite side of the Theatre we find D. Antão de Almada street, parallel to Rossio. On the right side you can see the famous Ginginha and on the left the door of São Domingos Church with almost eight centuries of existence. The earthquake of 1755 shook not this monument, but in return the fire of 1959 destroyed most of what was beautiful. The place has always homeless "residents", some accompanied by their dogs.


#110 - Side view of the National Theatre D. Maria II

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Side view of the theatre.


#109 - The National Theatre D. Maria II

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The National Theatre D. Maria II (Teatro Nacional D. Maria II) is a theatre in Lisbon, Portugal. The historical theatre is one of the most prestigious Portuguese venues and is located in the Rossio square, in the centre of the city.
The theatre was built on the north side of Rossio square on the site of the old
Estaus Palace, built around 1450 as a lodging for foreign dignitaries and noblemen visiting Lisbon. In the 16th century, when the Inquisition was installed in Portugal, the Estaus Palace became the seat of the Inquisition. The palace survived the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, but was destroyed by fire in 1836.
Thanks to the intensive efforts of
Romantic poet and dramatist Almeida Garrett, it was decided to replace the old palace by a modern theatre, dedicated to Queen Mary II of Portugal. The building was constructed between 1842 and 1846 to a Neoclassical design by Italian architect Fortunato Lodi.
The building is the best representative of Neoclassical architecture of
Palladian influence in Lisbon. The main feature of the façade is a portico (hexastyle) with six Ionic columns reused from the Saint Francis Convent of Lisbon and a triangular pediment. The tympanum of the pediment is decorated with a sculpted relief showing Apollo and the Muses.
The pediment is topped by a statue of
Renaissance playwriter Gil Vicente (c. 1464-c. 1536), considered the founder of Portuguese theatre. Ironically, some of Gil Vicente's plays had been censured by the Inquisition in the late 16th century.
The interior of the theatre was decorated by many important 19th-century Portuguese artists, but much of this decoration was lost in a fire in 1964. The theatre had to be completely renovated and was reinaugurated only in 1978."


#108 - Hard Rock Café II

Recovered cinema Condes in Restauradores


#107 - Rossio fountains

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Rossio is one of the most beautiful squares in Lisbon. People pass here everyday, rushing for work, and hardly take the time to look around. It's not only the beautiful monuments and the fountains, or its fascinating history... Rossio is a living book. Recently renovated, it hasn't lost any of its mysticism... Feel it around the D. Maria II National Theatre, where many plays were, and are, performed and seen by Kings and Queens, around the fountains used at the beginning of October to baptize the freshmen as they were about to enter the University -, around the cafes frequented by famous Portuguese personalities - like Cafe Nicola founded in 1929 - and yes, oh yes, smell it on freshly roasted chestnuts that have been sold in the Rossio Square for many many years.In the middle of the square there's a statue of Dom Pedro IV and at its foot the four female figures representing Justice, Wisdom, Strength and Moderation, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro himself. The originally called 'Dom Pedro IV Square', got the name Rossio from the local people and it's still today a traditional meeting point both for Lisboetas and visitors. [*]


#106 - Shooting in Rossio :)

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Today enjoyed shooting at the center of the city (as always), right in front to Tabacaria Mónaco. I selected these tourists because they were very concentrated in shooting each others and didn't noticed me doing the same to them!!


#105 - Tabacaria Mónaco

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Basta entrar na Tabacaria Mónaco para iniciar uma viagem no tempo.
A casa está a funcionar desde 1870 no Rossio e ainda guarda vestígios dessa época. Escondida entre papéis, esferográficas e maços de cigarros está a bica que jorrou água vinda de Sintra, Caneças e Moura até à década de 40 do século passado. "A água era servida aos nossos clientes à caneca e foi muito útil enquanto não existiram canalizações", conta Tomé Repas, funcionário da tabacaria desde 1960. A bica de mármore secou, mas a loja mantém outras tradições: "Fomos a primeira casa a ter revistas e jornais do estrangeiro." E por isso, "todos" queriam ter direito a um banquinho dentro ou à porta da loja: "Este era dos poucos locais onde era possível saber novidades da Europa e do mundo." Homens de meia idade entravam na tabacaria e ficavam à entrada a ler as notícias. Mas, os jornais não foram o único motivo para esta loja estar sempre cheia desde as 08.00 até às 23.00.
"Consta que nos anos 40, os senhores de fato engomado gostavam de ficar à porta para poder espreitar as canelas das senhoras que viajavam nos eléctricos", diz Tomé Repas, soltando uma gargalhada. São as histórias do Rossio que atravessaram várias gerações e vão perdurar enquanto houver quem se lembre delas.

Simply enter the Tobacco Monaco to start a journey in time.
The house is working since 1870 in Rossio and guard vestiges of that era. Hidden among papers, pens and packs of cigarettes is gutter pipe water coming of Sintra, and Caneças Moura do decade of 40 of the last century. "The water was served to our customers to mug and has been very useful until it existed pipes," says Tomé Repas, an official of the gutter pipe tobacco since 1960. The marble dried, but the store maintains other traditions: "We were the first to take home magazines and newspapers from abroad. " And therefore, "all" wanted to be entitled to a minor inside or on the door of the shop: "This was of the few places where it was possible to know news of Europe and the world." Men of middle age entered the tobacco to read the news. But the newspapers were not the only reason for this shop is always full from the 08.00 until 23.00. These are the stories of Rossio that crossed several generations and will continue as long as people remember them.


#104 - The shoe cleaner III

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Shinning shoes today dedicated to oldmanlincoln and George Townboy! (See yesterdays comments)

Abby you are an inspiration to me. Had no idea that the shoes were so interesting here! I shall never forget that and I shall give more attention to the shoe stores from now on. You will see!!


#103 - The shoe cleaner II

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#102 - Pensão Imperial

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Pensão Imperial - Chambres, Rooms

Top floor
Praça dos Restauradores, 78 - 4º andar




#101 - The shoe cleaner I

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Where is the old man looking at?


#100 - The opposite side of the square

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The rectangular square is surrounded by 19th and early 20th century buildings. The most remarkable are the Palácio Foz, a palace built between the 18th and 19th centuries and boasting magnificently decorated interiors, and the old Éden Cinema (now a hotel), with a beautiful Art Deco façade dating from the 1930s, a work by architect Cassiano Branco.
Also notable is the old Condes Cinema, built in 1950 by architect Raul Tojal in Modernist style. It now hosts the Hard Rock Cafe of Lisbon.[*]


#99 - The Glória Funicular

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The Glória Funicular is one of the funiculars existent in Lisbon, right downtown, most precisely on the Restauradores Square. It makes the connection between this square and Bairro Alto (literally High Quarter) on a 265 metres journey up or down the hill. When you go out of the funicular you will find on the right side the S. Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, from where you get a magnificent view of downtown Lisbon and the magical St. George Castle. Just across the road, slightly to the right, at Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, nos.39-49, lies the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, where a vast range of port-wines may be tasted and purchased in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palácio Ludovice (1749). The Glória funicular opened on 24 October, 1885, and since then two funiculars have been going up and down, carrying locals and tourists on a journey though not being particularly rich in landscape, is still unique and very nice!
The Glória is the busiest funicular in Lisbon and also the most accessible for tourists as it lies next door to the main tourist information office in the
Palácio Foz. It is 265 metres long and has an average gradient of 18%. Operating hours are 0700-0055 every day. [*]

The Glória funicular was opened in 1885 and in February 2002 it was classified as a national monument. The lower part of it, painted in another shade of yellow, different than the original serves to hide grafittis. Since it is a national monument could have been painted in the original colour.


#98 - Café Nicola

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The Café Nicola is par excellence of the more literary cafes of the capital. Founded in 1787, by an Italian named Nicola, this was the coffee elected by Bocage, which eventually became the symbol of the brand of coffee Nicola. In 1837, led to a bookstore and only in 1929, returned to serve coffee, continuing connected to artists and intellectuals such as Malhoa, Pato Monis, among others. Its new owners, the family Albuquerque, decide to make a difference by creating your own coffee. Today, mainly frequented by tourists, is off the scene of releases of books and tertúlias. Recently refurbished, the restaurant located in the basement, whose decoration was in charge of Graça Viterbo, maintains original furniture from 1935 and offers a refined service lunch and dinner. [*]

08.00-20.30 Closed Sunday
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Since there is much that the Café Nicola is a symbol of Rossio and low Pombaline as the Tertúlias of Lisbon, attended by artists, politicians and other figures of Portuguese culture. Today, refurbished continues to delight with the same spirit and charm of other times. For its location is considered a tourist attraction, not only for their beauty and historical seniority as well, its gastronomic specialities, including the "Bife to Nicola" and "Bife the Café," and "Cod to Lisbonense." At thursdays good jazz and classical music over the already known and authoritative "Encounters Nicola." [*]



#96 - View from downtown

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From Restauradores, among many things you can see the Castelo de S. Jorge.


#95 - Calçada do Garcia

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On the street that you see on the left you can buy everything very cheap. This street will end in the area of Martim Moniz.
Largo de São Domingos.
Another photo taken from Calçada do Garcia.


#94 - Tábuas

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Tábuas Grocery, sales African products in an multicultural area located in Largo de São Domingos(see previous posts).

Photo taken from Calçada do Garcia.


#93 - Ginginha do Rossio

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This bar, named for the cherry brandy concoction for which it is famous, is a must for visitors to the city. Quaint atmosphere and fun crowd make this bar a popular stop. Serves only ginginha.

Largo de São Domingos, 8, Lisbon, Portugal [*]

I admit that I go there often after lunch, I can't resist it!


#92 - April 2008 Theme Day: Water

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I can spend hours seeing the surfers watching the sea...

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