and many other books about PORTUGAL's capital
the most successfull and talented
historian of LISBON.
Here is the first attempt to
tell you our stories
in English.

sexta-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2022


Books and quotes
by Lisbon's main historian:

« [...] Although Black Horse Square has been called Praça do Comércio ever since the 18th century, there are only a handful of Lisbon residents who do not know it by its former name, Terreiro do Paço, meaning the Palace Grounds. Before the great earthquake which destroyed Lisbon on the morning of November 1st, 1755, it was on this wide space of beaten earth (terreiro) that the royal palace (paço) was situated. 

The chronicles inform us that some of the most valuable artistic treasures of Europe were to be found inside the palace. However, nothing was saved in the aftermath of the earthquake when the tsunami and the fire completed the damage. Under the orders of the Marquis of Pombal, Terreiro do Paço was rebuilt from 1758 onwards. Today it symbolises the post-earthquake era of downtown Lisbon, known as the Baixa. Shortly after being baptized with its new name, Praça do Comércio, it was given Lisbon's first statue of a king riding a horse (D. José I by the sculptor Machado de Castro).»

Marina Tavares Dias

sexta-feira, 24 de dezembro de 2021

Own part of our Magic Lisbon

The most comprehensive personal archives about Lisbon, Portugal, History (original negatives, photographs and thousands of objects) now give you a chance to own a piece of their fascination. Here are the first designs and artworks, via Redbubble, from the Arquivo Marina Tavares Dias. Enjoy. Thanks for your help building an archive open to the general public.

The Marquis of Pombal


“Tribute is paid to the #Marquis of Pombal in an area of #Lisbon, Rotunda, that should pay homage to the establishment of the Republic (in 1910) because it was there that the Republican barricades were set up. At the time of the Marquis, the area wasn’t even Lisbon, it was part of the Northern suburbs. The homage to the marquis should be in the city centre, the downtown, which he rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake.”

Marina Tavares Dias
interviewed 2020

quarta-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2021

Three Patron Saints?


“Many people think of St. Anthony as being the patron saint of Lisbon, but actually he’s not. The patron saint is St. Vincent, but he’s not alone in his mission. Let’s not forget St. George, whose name was given to the city’s castle by King João I. During the Reconquista, the Portuguese Christians distinguished themselves from the Castilians by cheering for St. George (while the Castilians cheered for St. James of Compostela). So there are sort of three «patron» saints of Lisbon: St. George, St. Vincent and St. Anthony, the most cherished of all”.

Marina Tavares Dias
Lisboa Misteriosa

quinta-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2021

'Rossio???' - asks the tourist, probably lost in... Rossio


Rossio or D. Pedro V Square?

“The funniest mystery about Lisbon is this: why do some streets and squares have two names? Rossio is also Praça Dom Pedro IV, butno-one calls it that;  Terreiro do Paço is «officially» Praça do Comércio; Campo de Santana «became» Campo dos Mártires da Pátria. Across the decades or even centuries, some of the place names in Lisbon were changed, but the Lisbonese didn’t go along with it and continued to use the original designations. As my grandfather used to say, that’s how you can tell who’s from Lisbon and who’s not. People from outside Lisbon use the name Praça do Comércio instead of Terreiro do Paço, and the same applies to Rossio, Campo de Santana and other places”.

                         ROSSIO IN YHE 1960’S 

terça-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2020

Queen Stephanie of Portugal in London (1858)



From the newsparpers of 1858:

«The Queen of Portugal arrived at Buckingham Palace yesterday [May 6] afternoon upon a visit to Her Majesty the Queen [Victoria]. The Queen of Portugal on landing at Dover was received by the Earl of Shefield, Lord in Waiting, and Major-General Wylde, Groom in Waiting to the Prince Consort. Her Majesty, accompanied by her father, the Prince of Hohenzollern, and her brother, Prince Leopold, and attended by her suite, traveled to London by a special train on the South-Eastern Railway»

Investigation: LISBOA DESAPARECIDA, a book by 
Photograph: The Queen of Portugal, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
at the Royal mass in the Portuguese consulate in London.
Detail from a water-colour by the Portuguese miniaturist
Edward of Moira

domingo, 15 de dezembro de 2019

It was Alis Ubbo to the Phoenicians, Olissipo to the Romans, Al-Ushbuna to the Arabs and Lisboa to the Portuguese. Today it belongs to everyone, and everyone can gaze upon its splendour from the viewpoint at Nossa Senhora do Monte and at the light, refracted by the river, which illuminates its hills and houses.