An Introduction to Lisbon: Her Rise and Fall

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Take a Walking Tour of Lisbon with us!

On this walking tour, you will discover Lisbon’s rich and varied history. Lisbon may be one of Europe’s oldest cities, but there is nothing sedentary about it — this is a bustling city with so much going on! You can book today and you can also check out the rest of our Lisbon tours if you’re looking for even more ways to explore this amazing city!

 

This Lisbon walking tour starts in the Bairro Alto, the nightlife centre of Lisbon. There, you will find bohemian bars and countless restaurants. Then your Rogue Historian tour guide will take you to the world’s most expensive chapel: the Church of Sao Roque. If you’ve been looking for a Lisbon History tour, then you’ve come to the right place! After this, your Lisbon tour guide will take you to the Chiado — Lisbon’s poets' corner and birthplace of the great Fernando Pessoa.

 

On this walking tour of Lisbon, you will learn about the city’s many rises and falls over the centuries. The Great Lisbon Earthquake in 1755 shook the city to its very foundations. This was an old city with a lot of history that was razed to the ground by the earthquake and then rebuilt from the ground up in the Baixa district — the historic heart of the city. Lisbon, and Portugal, got back to its former glory and continued to prosper, before falling under Salazar’s dictatorship from 1932 – 1974. You will learn about Lisbon’s rise from the ashes of Salazar’s dictatorship before the financial ruin in 2010 and the city’s rebirth as a tech hub.

 

From the bohemian decadence of the Bairro Alto to the stupendous opulence of the church of Sao Roque, we trace the Lisbon’s history from foundation to financial ruin and re-emergence, from discovery to dictatorship. This is a 3-hour tour with 3000 years of history, and it’s a perfect introduction to the city, its history, hotspots, its poets, and traditions. Book this Lisbon walking tour today, and please get in touch if you have any questions. If this tour interests you, you may also like to check out our Hidden Lisbon tour!

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The Church of São Roque: This church started life as a small shrine dedicated to the patron saint of plague victims before the Jesuit arrival saw this spot become the primary church of the Jesuits in Lisbon. In the 1700s the King of Portugal would commission the chapel of John the Baptist, which is widely considered to be the most expensively built chapel anywhere in the world.

Bairro Alto: One of Lisbon's most historic quarters, Bairro Alto can appear rough around the edges but that is this beautiful areas charm. 
The sudden surge in industry stemming from the age of discoveries saw an increased need for accommodation in the city. The Bairro Alto would serve that need. 
With its countless bars and restaurants, the Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's most lively neighborhoods. 

Elevador Santa Justa: Often referred to as Eiffel's elevator, this is erroneous as it was in fact built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard. Ponsard is often cited as being one of Eiffel's students, and although there is no evidence to confirm this, the resemblance to Eiffel's famous tower in Paris is striking.
Officially opened in 1902 the elevator has been part of Lisbon's public transport network for well over a century at this point. 

Chiado: Lisbon's literary heart and shopping center, a chance to discuss poetry and historic craft stores all in one place.
Rossio: The heart of Lisbon, everything revolves around this square and it was never truer than in WWII when Rossio was one of the centers of espionage in wartorn Europe.

Baixa: Baixa is one of Europe and the world's most important neighborhoods. After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa was flattened and rebuilt using the most modern civil engineering and architectural techniques. It is arguably the world's first modern designed cities.

Praça do Comércio: Baixa is one of Europe and the world's most important neighborhoods. After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa was flattened and rebuilt using the most modern civil engineering and architectural techniques. It is arguably the world's first modern designed cities.

Highlights

Bairro Alto

Chiado

Baixa

Rossio square

Church of São Roque
Elevador Santa Justa
Rossio

Route

  1. igreja do sao roque
  2. bairro alto
  3. chiado
  4. elevador santa justa
  5. Rossio
  6. Baixa
  7. praça do comércio