Mouraria

Mouraria is one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon. Its name, goes back to 1170 when D. Afonso Henriques - the 1st Portuguese king - conquered Lisbon and confined the moors to live in this neighborhood. We can still find some Arab features in the buildings.

From the slope that goes up to St. George's Castle, you can get lost in the labyrinth of small streets, stairs and alleys. It's a quarter intimately linked to the Portuguese History: with the first kings it was the home for the Jewish and Muslim people; during the period of Portuguese Discoveries it was mostly inhabited by slaves, nowadays it's an encounter of different cultures living peacefully side by side.

You can easily find a great variety of shops and restaurants. By the time of Santo Antonio's Festivities, all the streets are dressed up with colorful ribbons and balloons, filled with music and people.

On this side of the hill you can visit St. George's Castle, Lisbon's Roman Cathedral, the Roman Theater, and many other small churches and monuments.

 

 

   
     

 

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