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Lisbon Uptown

The History of Lisbon is well engraved in its body, in a dense tale of architectural testimonies from all ages. The tour we propose presents the architecture of Lisbon in the form of a time travel across 3 different architectural ages, from the 18th to the 21st century, that make up today’s image of this unique Atlantic city.

1 - The dreamed city centre: the opportunity provided by the 1755 massive earthquake could not be missed. The Marquis of Pombal and a team of military engineers recovered the plans for the long awaited renovation of the city and created a world reference in architecture with a lean and seismic resistant design for Lisbon’s downtown district.

2 - The modern city of the 40’s: the power of the dictatorship, the modern style and the national image. Where does the architectural freedom start… and where does it end? The explosion of the city to the North, the middle class housing projects, the new markets, the airport and countless public works created the set of this golden era of the Portuguese architecture.

3 - The future city? Can anyone guess how long this urban approach will survive architecture’s ever changing trends? On the other hand, is this important at all today? In the Nation’s Park area we will observe how was the conversion of the former Expo 98’ into a fresh urban site achieved and discuss the secret of this success.

In this tour you will become familiar with the following topics:

  • Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake
  • Pombal’s Downtown
  • Modern Architects and Architectures
  • From Areeiro to Alameda – The new city of the New State
  • Contemporary Architects and Architectures
  • The Expo 98 area
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"Squares and streets are paved with black and white stones as if they were ceilings instead of roads. "

                                                                                                                                                       - John Berger