Cultural Tours on Sunday 16 Sept

Cultural tours of the city of Lisbon on Sunday 16 September 2018, kindly offered by the Lisbon Municipality 

Option 1: From S. Jorge Castle to Fado Museum

Lisbon historical and cultural roots

After Dom Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon in 1147, to become the first king of Portugal, S. Jorge Castle began its golden age as home for the royalty. One of the most remarkable monuments in Lisbon, this Castle is a national monument that occupies a privileged area of the old medieval citadel (alcáçova) and consists of the castle, ruins of the former royal palace and part of the neighborhood for the nobility. The walk to Fado Museum goes through Alfama, a Lisbon typical quarter where you can find many nice restaurants with Fado live performances. At last, Fado Museum celebrates Fado’s exceptional value as an identifying symbol of the City of Lisbon and its deep roots in the tradition and cultural history of the country.
Duration: 2h30m
Maximum number of participants: 40 p.
(Repeats in the afternoon at 14:30)

Option 2: From Marvila’s Municipal Library to the National Tile Museum

Lisbon’s trendy oriental region
Marvila’s library is the largest Municipal library in the city. It was opened to the public in November 2016 with the best conditions possible and a close relation to the population. It is located in Marvila, a civil parish away from the city centre that is nowadays the fastest growing territory of the city. In the neighborhood you can enjoy the street art murals on some of the buildings around. The National Tile Museum (Museu do Azulejo) is a 25 minute walk from Marvila’s library. It is one of Portugal’s most important national museums because of the singularity of its tile (azulejo) collection and the uniqueness of the building in which the Museum is located, the former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor.
Duration: 2h30m
Maximum number of participants: 40 p.


Option 3: From Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation to Basílica da Estrela and Campo de Ourique Market

Lisbon traditional neighborhood
The Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation was created to study and to promote the the works of Vieira da Silva, one of the most outstanding painter of the 20th century, as well as her husband’s work, Arpad Szenes. After a 20 minutes walking, you will reach Basilica da Estrela. It is one of the most important 18th century buildings in Lisbon. Its important features are the Baroque statues and the harmonious interior where marble is used extensively. This walk will take through Campo de Ourique, one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon. The market, about 10 minutes away from the Basílica, has been the center of the neighborhood since 1934. It was remodeled in 2013 and is now a great place for brunch, lunch or just a coffee.
Duration: 3 hours
Maximum number of participants: 40 p.


Option 4: From Avenida da Índia Gallery to Tropical Botanical Garden

Lisbon’s maritime past
Avenida da Índia Gallery is one of the six municipal galleries. It was inaugurated in October 2015 and its program intends to cross artists from different geographies with contemporary works on the theme of colonial memory, using diverse approaches and disciplines such as anthropology or history. The Tropical Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico Tropical) is a 15 minute walk away, located in one of Lisbon’s most visited areas, near Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. It was created in 1906 and totally designed for the purposes of education and scientific knowledge. There you can find plants over 500 perennial species, of tropical or subtropical origin. In 1940 it was also part of the scenery for the world exhibition (Exposição do Mundo Português) promoted by Salazar’s dictatorial regime.
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum number of participants: 40 p


Please sign up to the cultural tours in the registration form of the Conference!