- 3 hours
- São Jorge Castle (exterior)
- Alfama Neighborhood
- Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)
- Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Our guide, a trained historian, will discuss the early history of Lisbon and how Moorish influence can be traced through architecture and design throughout the city. Continuing our walk further into the neighborhood, we'll uncover other archeological ruins, such as a Roman theater, another fascinating addition to the rich and complex history that created Alfama.
Bert is an Architect and Writer and holds a Master's Degree in Architectural Engineering and Cultural Sciences. He was born in Belgium and has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Beijing, and Shanghai before relocating to Lisbon in 2018. He established his career through many academic and writing-focused roles throughout his journey – also working as an Architectural consultant. He is the co-director of "MovingCities," an independent research organization investigating the role that architecture and urbanism play in shaping the contemporary city of Lisbon. Bert lived in China from 2006 to 2018, where he first began leading Context walks. He also has a great understanding of Lisbon’s historic legacy, Jewish culture, and architectural style – fields of interest he has studied relentlessly since his first visit to the city in 2003.
Patrícia Brum is a Portuguese archaeologist. Her first excavation was at the Alleins Castle, in France. From 2008 to 2021, she was part of the archaeology team of the Roman Ruins of Tróia, where she developed her interest not only in the research but also in its social return and community participation in heritage conservation, leading her to develop her master's thesis in Museum Studies. Between 2016 and 2019, she participated in a European project dedicated to the study of the effects of climate change on Cultural Heritage. She is now working at the Lisbon Museum - Roman Theatre, located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Lisbon.
Estela Mendes is an art historian. Born and raised in Lisbon, she has been teaching about the beauty of the world for many years. After working in national palaces in Portugal, Estela moved to London where she spent 5 years working at museums like Buckingham Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Her background in art history gives a special view of the history of the city, using art to illustrate historical facts. She likes to walk through quiet streets and show small secrets to those who have never been to Lisbon.
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