- 7 hours
- A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Lisbon for first-time or returning visitors
- Led by an expert local guide or scholar
- Alfama Neighborhood, Bairro Alto Neighborhood, Baixa Neighborhood, Church of São Roque, Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), Miradouro das Portas do Sol, São Jorge Castle, and Rossio Square
- Church of São Roque
- Carmo Convent (exterior)
- Bairro Alto neighborhood
- Chiado neighborhood
- Praça do Comércio
- Alfama Neighborhood
- São Jorge Castle (exterior)
- Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa) (exterior)
As you continue through to Alfama, you may stop to soak in some of Lisbon’s dramatic skyline from the iconic lookout point, Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Your tour will conclude in the neighborhood of one of the city's oldest structures, the Lisbon Cathedral, or Sé, where you will discuss the Christian crusaders and the aftermath of their 1147 reconquest.
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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.
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.
Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision. He loves to read, talk and travel, and is through the contact with the diversity of the world around where he finds the particularities and answers of his own life.
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