Walking around Lisbon: unique Baixa area, visit the City Hall & whistling scissors-grinders

The Baixa Pombalina is an elegant district in Lisbon, with beautiful historic buildings. The area is primarily constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Lisbon Praca do Comercio friendly policemen

Praça do Comércio

Friendly policemen show the right way to visitors.

The area takes its name from Marquis of Pombal, the Prime Minister to Joseph I of Portugal from 1750 to 1777. Pombal, who kept calm during and after the big earthquake in 1755, renovated the city. He had a reputation being clever, witty but despotic.

Lisbon Baixa Rua do Arsenal City Hall

Near Square Praça do Comércio (follow Rua do Arsenal) is Lisbon’s City Hall (Câmara Municipal), Praça do Município.

Visitors can admire the interior on Sunday mornings (free). The building, with a Neo-Classical facade, was built in 1774 but was completely burned down in 1863. In 1875 the current building was completed.

Lisbon Baixa beautiful buildings

Baxia: Rua da Conceiçao, with unique buildings and….

Lisbon Baixa scissors-grinder

Also unique: in Lisbon there’s still a few proffesional scissors-grinders (amolador).

Vimeo: knife-sharpener Lisbon & his pan flute

Baixa area comprises the grid of streets north of the Praça do Comércio, roughly between the Cais do Sodré and the Alfama district.

Lisbon Baixa steps

Rua Nova de Almada, close to Rua Garret,

Lisbons’ famous (shopping) street.

Lisbon Avenida da Liberdade June 12 Santo Antonio

Besides: Marquis de Pombals‘ statue is on Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue). On the night of June 12 (no cars!), awaiting the famous yearly Santo Antionio costume Parade. All the clubs and associations of Lisbons’ neighbourhoods descend on Avenida da Liberdade to compete for the best parade, music, costume and choreography. More….

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