Category: History

You can’t spit without hitting a historic landmark in Lisbon (so please don’t). Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and many more have left their stamp here.

Domenico Vandelli, the Luckless Founder of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda

August 16, 2018

The founder of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda may not be well known, but his influence over the project was immeasurable, and his bad luck a lesson to us all.

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Camões: The Portuguese Poet

Camões: The Portuguese Poet

August 14, 2018

Luís Vaz de Camões is considered the greatest poet of the Portuguese language. His mastery of language and unmatched influence over it has led some to call Portuguese “the language of Camões.” The story of Camões’ life is rather sketchy and predominantly crafted from snippets written long after he was gone. It is believed that […]

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Eusébio: O Rei de Futebol

August 7, 2018

Considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers of all times, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was more than just a sportsman; he was a national icon.

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Old Lisbon in Photographs

August 6, 2018

Lisbon is undergoing some major repairs — remember, it’s an old city. See what it was like throughout the decades with our little timewarp slideshow.

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Abandoned Portugal: Some Ruins You Shouldn’t Miss

August 1, 2018

Many beautiful buildings and estates have been left to ruin in Portugal. These dilapidated gems crumble more each day as they wait for some TLC or their ultimate demise, whichever comes first. Here are some we fell in love with.

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vasco da gama

Vasco da Gama: A Maritime Man

July 31, 2018

What connects the longest bridge within Europe, a crater on the moon, and a suburb of Cape Town? That’s right, Vasco da Gama, one of the most famous Portuguese explorers and the first European to reach India by sea. Da Gama was born in c.1460 in the city of Sines, where his father was commander […]

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Abandoned Portugal: Hotel Monte Palace in the Açores

July 23, 2018

The hotel Monte Palace in the Açores shut its doors in 1986 and has since been looted and abandoned, with a 5-star view of the Lagoa das Sete Cidades and encroaching mounds of moss and hydrangea bushes on all sides. But this isn’t the end of the story.

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