Chiado and Barrio Alto districts in Lisbon

A mixture of old and modern commercial establishments, is is visited by tourists buying books, pottery, garments or simply looking for a place with a certain atmosphere to drink a cup of coffee. Chiado is also an important cultural venue, with several theaters and museums.


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Chiado is home to the famous Brasileira cafe, one of the oldest and most famous cafes in Lisbon. Dating since the beginning of the 20th century, it is furnished in Art Deco style, with a green and gold entrance and an interiot with mirrored walls, wooden booths and brass fittings, and a long oak bar.

After sipping your Brasileira coffee, you can pay a visit to the Chiado museum, to admire the artworks of the mid 19th to mid 20th century foremost Portuguese artists, including paintings and sculpture. They illustrate the trends of Romanticism, Naturalism and Modernism.

The Carmo convent in Chiado is a partially ruined church on a hill, overlooking the Rossio square. The medieval Gothic convent was affected by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and nowadays houses the Carmo Archaeological Museum. The slender structural arches of the nave remained intact. They rise above the buttresses and windows of the south side, seemingly suppoting the canopy of the sky now, like a tender ribcage. The main facade has a portal with archivolts and capitals, decorated with vegetal and human shaped symbols and a partially destroyed rose window.

Bairro Alto district, in central Portugal, is a shopping, entertainment and residential area. The most heterogenous area and the heart of Lisbon's youth, Barrio Alto is home to the Lisbon nightlife on the many Punk, Metal, Goth, Gay, Hip Hop and Reggae scenes.

The Baroque-Neoclassical Estrela Basilica is also to be found in Barrio Alto, as the main historic attraction of this district. The huge 18th century church has a giant dome and 2 twin bell towers, decorated with statues of saints and allegoric figures.

The facade is feminine, white and opulent, and, on the inside, the vast floors and walls are paved with grey, pink and yellow marble, in elaborated geometric patterns. The church houses a famous nativity scene by sculptor Joachim Macgado de Castro, with over 500 figures of cork and terracotta.

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Chiado and Barrio Alto districts in Lisbon

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