7 Curiosities About Lisbon
The city that guards the estuary of the Tagus River contains its own eccentricities and its own secrets and mysteries. Some of them are unknown even to their residents... are you aware of all the curiosities we have selected?
It is forbidden to feed pigeons | To prevent them from reproducing and creating problems for hygiene and public health, the law prohibits pigeons from being fed anything other than their usual contraceptive corn.
"The Works of Santa Engrácia" took 284 years | More specifically, from 1682 to 1966, which gave rise to the expression “as the works of Santa Engrácia”, which is used to refer to something that will not happen, or that will take a long time to happen.
Since its foundation, Lisbon is a multicultural and multiethnic city | Historically inhabited by Tartessos, Celts, Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians, Lisbon presents itself as a city with a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities.
Lisbon's underground contains some interesting surprises, such as the Roman galleries | The Roman galleries of Baixa (downtown) are little known to tourists and even some residents of the city, mainly because they open to the public only three days a year.
The residents are coffee lovers | The culture of “coffee” in Lisbon is great and so there are many names to designate the different types of coffee: bica and curto (an espresso), garoto (an espresso with milk foam), pingado (an espresso with a few drops of milk), cortado (an espresso with the same quantity of coffee and milk), carioca (an espresso brewed for the second time, with the same grounds as the first), abatanado (a cup of coffee with twice the water of an espresso), italiano (an espresso with less coffee)... just make your research, and choose your favorite!
The Belém area has two buildings classified by UNESCO as World Heritage | The Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower have the same distinction granted by UNESCO, further enriching the city's cultural heritage.
The crow is considered the guardian of the city of Lisbon | According to the legend, D. Afonso Henriques was looking for the body of Saint Vincent in the village where he was buried but was not successful. However, he spotted a flock of crows persistently flying over a site – the exact site where the Saint's remains were found. While traveling to Lisbon, the boat was always accompanied and protected by two crows. Funny, isn't it?