Another old area of Lisbon is Mouraria. It is also known as the “Moorish” neighbourhood. Like Alfama, it too survived the 1755 earthquake.
Today Mouraria is a multicultural and diverse neighbourhood. This can be seen on some of the many tiled buildings.
Walking is the best way to see this area. Get lost in the many alleys and be prepared to walk up (and down) many steps.
Mouraria is the birthplace of the famous Portuguese fado style of singing. Many of the legendary fado singers were born and raised in this area. There is much evidence of this with portraits and paintings along the narrow alleys and streets creating an open-air gallery. Concerts are regularly held in the streets.
Here you will also find one of Lisbon’s oldest houses, dating from the 1500’s with its Gothic windows.
An open-air gallery by photographer Camilla Watson depicts the true spirit of old locals who would have lived in the area all their lives.
Pay a visit to A Vida Portuguesa. The old tiled walls inside this shop are astounding. Even the toilet had tiles. I loved seeing the amazing authentic wares that were displayed.
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