Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a stunning city set on a trio of hills next to the Tagus estuary.
In 1755 the city was devastated by an earthquake, which wiped out half its inhabitants. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon. Since it largely survived the earthquake of 1755, the area still retains much of its original layout.
Adjacent to the Alfama are the likewise old quarters of Castelo and Mouraria, on the western and northern slopes of the hill that is crowned by St. George’s Castle.
Every year in June, the streets of all three quarters come alive with the feasts in honour of the popular saints.
The Graça quarter and the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia are within walking distance of this area. Radiant skies brighten the monumental city, with its typical tile covered building façades and narrow Medieval streets, where one can hear the fado being played and sung at night.
Elevator in Lisbon