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Quartiere di Alfama

Address: Alfama, 1100 Lisbona, Portogallo (0)
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Quartiere di Alfama

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Located on the slope between the Castelo de Sao Jorge and the Tagus River, the Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon and this is perceived in the facades of the houses with corroded plaster, faded azulejos, narrow alleys where the voices as if it were a qasbah. And a qasbah the Alfama really was at the time of the Arab domination, when it represented the entire city, since the area of the Baixa did not exist yet. Under Arab rule, Alfama had its maximum development and was the residence of nobles and merchants. The signs of that happy and distant time remain in the noble details of the old Moorish palaces and in the numerous fountains hidden in the patios. With the subsequent development of new districts of the city, the Alfama ended up being inhabited only by fishermen and dockers who worked at the Tagus, on the slopes of the hill where the neighborhood is located. No more noble palaces and haunts of aristocrats, but only a swarm of alleys and winding alleys, stairways leading to the miradouros, panoramic terraces overlooking the Tagus and the myriad of houses perched on top of one another, which more look and more seem to huddle each other. In these intertwining streets there is no room for modernity: no cars, no supermarkets, no trendy restaurants. Here there are only small neighborhood shops, grocery stores and casas de fado, the places where traditional Portuguese music is played, poignant and melancholic, a true expression of the soul of Lisbon. - https://www.lisbona.info/cosa-vedere-lisbona/

Highlights

Crushed between the Castle of São Jorge and the Tagus River, the Alfama district preserves the traditional soul of Lisbon. It is a picturesque neighborhood that develops vertically, with a high and low part and a cascade of small houses perched on its sloping alleys, sometimes so close to each other that the roofs seem to touch. To visit the Alfama do not follow a pre-established itinerary: get lost in the alleys, alleys, stairs, squares, small gardens and panoramic terraces. One of the districts least affected by the devastating earthquake of 1755, the Alfama is the historic heart of the city, the one where time seems to have stopped and where today's Lisbon is closer to Lisbon before the earthquake. Popular houses with clothes hanging outdoors to dry alternate with stately Manueline-style buildings and the remains of the ancient Jewish quarter. The neighborhood is also the cradle of fado, the poignant traditional music of Lisbon: for a magical night, dine in one of the traditional fado houses in the neighborhood, accompanying your dinner with melancholy and romantic notes. - https://www.lisbona.info/cosa-vedere-lisbona/alfama/

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