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Mouraria is one of the most central typical neighborhoods in Lisbon, a neighborhood where we can feel and see what it is like to be from Lisbon in a mix of international environments. It is a neighborhood that has to be lived and felt to be able to understand the life of Portuguese Fado culture in harmony with the inhabitants of Eastern and African cultures. In Mouraria, it is possible to see buildings and streets of different styles and times: from buildings with simple facades to the most elaborate facades, from the most winding streets, to the widest streets. Due to the slopes of the streets, in Mouraria you can see the windows at the top of stairs, and vice versa, it is a winding and labyrinthine neighborhood. It is the neighborhood where Dom Afonso Henriques placed the Muslims who continued to live in Lisbon after the Christian Reconquista in 1147. It is the neighborhood of fado, the place where Severa, was the first fado singer known. Mouraria has a life of its own: it has a large number of shops and small shops, fado houses, restaurants and taverns where we can taste the most typical recipes from Portugal and other places in the world. It is a neighborhood with one of the greatest cultural diversities in the Portuguese capital, with over 60 nationalities, with great communities from Asian and African countries, namely Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, India and Mozambique, which is why we can smell the aromas in the air characteristics of the eastern world. At Mouraria, racial and cultural diversity contributes to a peaceful life in harmony. A place to live, invest and visit.
The Mouraria neighborhood is administered by the Santa Maria Maior Parish Council.
The Mouraria Environment
Mouraria is a multicultural neighborhood, full of smells, colors, sounds … As we enter Mouraria, we feel the narrowing of the streets, with the agglomeration of people of different ethnicities crossing the streets, labyrinthine streets, with the traditional Portuguese natural stone floor polished by age. There are several paths that we can take to get to know Mouraria, enter through Martin Moniz square, through Arroios, arrive through Baixa, down through Alfama, or through Graça, next to the Castle slope. Mouraria is a neighborhood surrounded by Lisbon’s most historic neighborhoods
Main attractions to visit in the Mouraria neighborhood (top 10)
1. Rooftop Bar Hotel Mundial is one of the most famous terraces in Lisbon due to the panoramic view over São Jorge Castle, Rossio and the Tagus River. The Rooftop Bar Hotel Mundial is located at the top of the Hotel Mundial in the heart of Praça Martim Moniz*, is a luxury terrace with bar service, where companies and individuals can gather or organize parties with a peaceful environment originated by the privileged situation over Lisbon …
2. Casa da Severa is an extension of the Fado Museum, where you can listen to fado and get to know the life of Maria Severa Onofriana, known as the first Portuguese fado singer. At the Casa da Severa located in Largo da Severa we can visit the Casa de fados and the Café bar.
3. Igreja de São Cristóvão is a 17th century building located in Largo de São Cristóvão, integrating one of the oldest parishes in the city of Lisbon, known in the 13th century as Igreja de Santa Maria de Alcamim. The highlights of the Igreja de São Cristóvão are the 36 paintings painted by Bento Coelho da Silveira (1617-1708); the Tomb of Bishop Dom Fernando de Miranda, chaplain of Dom Afonso V; and o o Tomb of Dom Martim Afonso, Archbishop of Braga, Governor during the Reign of Dom Duarte and main Councilor of Dom João II.
4. Church of Nossa Senhora da Saúde is the starting point of the Procession of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, the oldest procession in the city of Lisbon, which has been held continuously since 1570. The Procession Nossa Senhora da Saúde began to be held as a way of thanking the population of Lisbon for the end of the Black Death. The Church of Nossa Senhora da Saúde was built in 1505 and renovated after the 1755 Earthquake. The points of interest of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Saúde are the Image of Nossa Senhora da Saúde dated from the 17th century; the 18th century entrance portal, authored by João Antunes; and the Tile panels; authored by António de Oliveira Bernardes (1662-1732).
5. Casa Fernando Maurício is an extension of the Fado Museum, dedicated to the fado singer Fernando Maurício (1933-2003), “O Rei do Fado e Mouraria”, located at Rua João do Outeiro . The attractions of Casa Fernando Maurício are the videos and interviews of the fado singer Fernando Maurício; the Complete discography and the Portraits and a Bust dedicated to Fernando Maurício.
6. Casa da Achada is a space dedicated to the painter Mário Dionísio (1916-1993), located at Rua da Achada. The highlights of the Casa da Achada are the Private Libraries by Mário Dionísio and Maria Letícia Clemente da Silva; o Space for permanent exhibition of Mário Dionísio’s works; o Reading space for researchers and visitors; and the outdoor terrace.
7. Monument dedicated to Mouraria is a sculpture in natural marble with the representation of a Portuguese guitar, where you can read “Symbol of Mouraria, Matriz do Fado”. The Monument dedicated to Mouraria is located at the entrance of Rua do Capelão.
8. Atelier Camilla Watson is the studio where British photographer Camilla Watson is dedicated to preparing photographs for the exhibitions she organizes. Camilla Watson, living in Mouraria since 2007, has contributed to the dissemination of local history in outdoor spaces, namely through the participation of the projects “Um Tributo”, an exhibition with photographs located in Largo de São Cristóvão and at Beco das Farinhas; “Portraits of Fado – A Tribute to Mouraria” an exhibition with photographs at Rua do Capelão, Rua João do Outeiro, Rua da Guia, Rua Marquês Ponte de Lima, Largo das Olarias and at Travessa da Nazaré; and “Canto do Sol” an exhibition with a panel of 80 mosaics in Rua dos Lagares.
9. Mouraria Innovation Center / Mouraria Creative Hub is the first “incubator dedicated to the cultural and creative industries of Lisbon”, located at Rua dos Lagares. The Innovation Center is intended to be a space to support entrepreneurs in various business areas, namely Gastronomy, Design, Fashion, Music or Tiles, with the following attractions that we can visit: a Space for 50 entrepreneurs; the Archeology exhibition “Quarteirão dos Lagares: with the theme from Mouraria to Vila Nova.
10. Popular Cuisine of Mouraria is a multicultural project that aims to use gastronomy to socially integrate immigrants who live in Mouraria from all corners of the world. The Cozinha Popular da Mouraria is located at Rua das Olarias, with the main attractions focused on the aromas of Asian, African or Arab cuisine or the experience of cooking the recipe that will serve as a meal.
Other attractions to explore in the Mouraria neighborhood
- Oficina Santa Rufina is the space where Portuguese artist Cristina Lopes exercises her art, a specialist in tile painting. The Oficina Santa Rufina located on Calçada Conde Penafiel, is worth a visit due to the tile work developed by the artist.
- Zé da Mouraria is the best known restaurant in Mouraria, located at Rua João do Outeiro. The Zé da Mouraria was inaugurated by minhoto Virgílio, standing out for the Bacalhau Assado à Zé da Mouraria and for the charcoal grills.
- Zé dos Cornos is a restaurant known for its “tasca” appearance, with traditional wooden tables arranged in a corridor, with a simple gastronomy, namely the Pork Piano ( tip of the ribs), the Bacalhau Assado and the dishes of ham and cheese. The restaurant Zé dos Cornos finds located on Rua dos Surradores.
- Palace dos Távora (Palácio dos Távora)
- Street do Benformoso (Rua do Benformoso)
- Association Renovar a Mouraria (Associação Renovar a Mouraria)
- Fado House Maria da Mouraria (Casa de Fados Maria da Mouraria)
- Mouraria Shopping Center (Centro Comercial da Mouraria)
- Fernandina Wall of 1373/75 (Cerca Fernandina de 1373/75)
- College of Orphaned Boys (Colégio dos Meninos Órfãos)
- Mouraria Fado School (Escola de Fado da Mouraria)
- Largo da Achada (Largo da Achada)
- Fusion Market (Mercado de Fusão)
Main streets and squares in the Mouraria neighborhood
Praça Martim Moniz is one of the largest squares in the city of Lisbon, always bustling with locals, tourists, trams, tuck tucks, private vehicles and public transport. The Praça Martim Moniz is a crossing point for Mouraria, Largo do Intendente and Baixa, being known for several aspects, namely for the multiculturality, by be the starting point of historic Tram 28 and the handicraft and gastronomy fairs. Martim Moniz was the knight of Dom Afonso Henriques who died when he prevented the closing of a from the doors of the city of Lisbon in 1147, this gesture having allowed the taking of Lisbon.
Street Mouraria is the most important street in the district of Mouraria, with connection between Praça Martim Moniz and Rua do Benformoso. The Rua da Mouraria is a large place, where it is possible to observe multiculturalism, to feel the smells of the neighborhood, namely through the presence of several Chinese, Indian or Nepalese restaurants, Guinean or Mozambican cafés, Nepalese or Pakistani trips, Halal meat butchers or through the sale of Asian spices and teas at the Mouraria Shopping Center. The Rua da Mouraria has some attractions, namely the tram stop 28 and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Saúde. Mouraria is so named because it was the place where Muslims lived after the Conquest of Lisbon in 1147.
Largo da Severa is one of the most important squares in Mouraria due to the birthplace of Severa Onofriana, the first Portuguese fado singer. The Largo da Severa connects Rua do Capelão to Rua da Guia, with the attractions of Casa da Severa and Casa Fernando Maurício.
Street do Capelão is the place where Fernando Maurício was born. The Rua do Capelão connects Rua da Mouraria to Largo da Severa, being named after the presence of a prayer space in the 16th century. The main attractions are the Monument dedicated to “Mouraria – Berço do Fado”; the restaurant “Os Amigos da Severa”; the Casa de Fados Maria da Mouraria; and the Exhibition by the artist Camilla Watson which depicts twenty-six fadistas linked to Mouraria.
Tourist developments in Mouraria
- 1908 Lisboa Hotel
- Hotel Mundial
- Inn Possible Hostel
Transport and Access in Mouraria
Mouraria has the following transport available:
- Martim Moniz Metro Station
- Tram 28
- Martim Moniz Car Park
Location of the Parish of Santo António (Mouraria) on the map of Lisbon
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