History

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.


Palácio do Marquês de Pombal in Oeiras

February 11, 2019

The title Marquês de Pombal is more or less the same as Prime Minister, so it’s no wonder that this guy needed a snazzy palace to call his own whilst in office. 

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Nova Ordem Social and Their Homage to Salazar

February 5, 2019

With an election approaching in Portugal, will the country go the way of other European countries that are seeing an upsurge in right-wing movements? Here’s our correspondent’s take from the Nova Ordem rally last Friday.

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Lisbon Culture on the Cheap, Part 2: Museums

January 12, 2019

There are dozens of museums in Portugal’s capital and within a short drive, and almost all charge admission. Here are a few tips to do it on the cheap – or for free.

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Bartolomeu Português: Father of the Pirates’ Code

October 30, 2018

Like many things, the Pirates’ Code was invented by a Portuguese.

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The Mischievous Storyteller: Paula Rego

October 23, 2018

In a well-lit room, a man sits on the edge of a bed. Around him, two women — daughter and wife — struggle to pull a jacket over his inert body. By a window, another child stands, with hands folded as if for prayer and her gaze fixed somewhere outside the canvas. In the background, […]

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Amadeo de Souza Cardoso: The Slow-Burning Modernist

September 18, 2018

Amadeo Cardoso was a caricaturist, painter, and man-about-town in the Parisian art scene. He certainly has his place among the great Portuguese modernists.

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The Silent Lady: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

September 11, 2018

When rebuked about not talking enough about her work, the modernist painter Vieira da Silva once retorted: “And what does one paint for? Isn’t it to make the canvas speak? The painter’s language is the paintings themselves!”

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