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The Rich City

03 Apr 202211h

5 €

+ 6 years old

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What would Lisbon have been like in the 16th century? In an event for families that begins at the Museum of Lisbon - West Tower in Praça do Comércio, we take a journey to the Lisbon of King Manuel. It was King Manuel who ordered the construction of the Ribeira Palace in this area, which is how Terreiro do Paço, the main square of the kingdom and of the Portuguese empire at the time, and today known as the Praça do Comércio, came into being years later. 

With the help of just a single engraving we discover how much things have changed in the city between then and now. We will even be called on to imagine our feet are in the river, which at the time only reached more or less halfway up to the site of the Praça do Comércio today. 

Encouraged by the adventure that history has to offer us, we will talk to noblemen, sailors, merchants and people forced into slavery, among many others who inhabited this city. 

As we walk the paths of Old Lisbon we will be surprised by some of the treasures that resisted the great earthquake of 1755 and that keep the memory of this former city alive.


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