Rua Augusta arch viewpoint
The rua Augusta Triumph Arch, on the north top of praça do Comércio, marks the passage to one of the noblest streets of Lisbon, rua Augusta. The arch has a symbolic dimension, as it draws a straight line between itself, the equestrian statue of kind D. José and cais das Colunas. The massive, solid columns that support the arch, as well as its sculptural elements, enhance the square’s monumentality. Currently, one can climb to the arch’s top through a purpose-built elevator. Once up there, one gets to enjoy a 360º panoramic view over the city which is nothing but a mandatory experience in Lisbon.
The first project for rua Augusta’s arch belonged to the architect Eugénio dos Santos, but this version ended up demolished in 1777. In 1815, six huge columns were built (the equally huge car who carried it can be seen on the Military museum), but it wasn’t until 1843 that Veríssimo José da Costa won the public tender for their conclusion. The works were completed in 1873, using a romantic style that provides the perfect contrast for the neoclassical style on the remaining square. On each side of the arch, two reclined figures represent Tagus and Douro rivers. In the middle it’s the royal shield whereas on the top, three allegorical figures depict Glory crowning both Genius and Value. On the side facing rua Augusta is, since 1941, a monumental clock, decorated with naturalistic motives.
Roque Gameiro remembered in Lisbon
Roque Gameiro, one of the biggest Portuguese watercolour painters, will be remembered with O Mar, a Serra, a Cidade. The exhibit will open tomorrow, in galleria Paços do Concelho, where it will stay until the 25 april. O Mar, a Serra, a Cidade marks 150 years over Gameiro’s birth and gathers some of his best works, including paintings of Lisbon in the early 20th century. The exhibit has free entrance.
Reservatório da Patriarcal
Reservatório da Patriarcal is underneath jardim do Príncipe Real (its entrance can be found in the middle of this garden) and it’s constituted by an impressive underground cistern with vaulted ceilings which resemble a cathedral. Reservatório da Patriarcal is divided into three galleries that lead to galeria do Loreto, rua da Alegria and rua de São Marçal. Nowadays, it is possible to visit the cistern and walk through a 400 meters gallery that connects the reservoir to galeria do Loreto and leads to an exit in São Pedro de Alcântara garden-viewpoint. Reservatório da Patriarcal closes on Sundays.
Reservatório da Patriarcal was built to supply the downtown with water (that came from Águas Livres aqueduct). It is formed by 31 pillars, each with 29 feet tall, forming an octagon that makes it capable to store up to 880 cubic meters of water. It was designed by French engineer Charles Mary, having been finished in 1894. It started to be used immediately and continued to supply water to the town until 1949, the year it was deactivated. In 1994, thanks to a rehabilitation plan, it opened to host exhibits and shows. Todays, it’s one of the most surprising secrets of Lisbon and it accepts visits by groups up to 40 people.
Café da Garagem
Café da Garagem is in teatro Taborda, right in the middle of Mouraria district, and has one of the most beautiful views over the city. Through a large glass window, you can even see Graça and Senhora do Monte viewpoints, two of the highest points of Lisbon. Café da Garagem welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to work or just to hang out with friends. The menu is well varied and includes salads, toasts and the somehow famous salmon toasts, both vegetarian and rustic. Relish a slice of apple pie or chocolate cake for the dessert and we’re sure you’ll leave happy. Café da Garagem has free wi-fi and is open every day of the week.
Café da Garagem exists for a few years now and its current phase is the result of a renewal designed by Joana Astolfi. Her main goal was to make this a cosy and comfortable place and it’s safe to say Astolfi was well succeed. Along the stairwell leading to the café, the décor relies mostly on pieces with sentences and tales that give life to the walls. The lighting is discreet and done with 32 glass lamps that spread across the long tables. The ones who don’t feel comfortable sharing a table can simply use the chairs sitting in front of Café da Garagem big window. On hotter days, you can use the terrace and enjoy the view over the city.
The russian restaurant Stanislav opened in Lisbon, near avenida da Liberdade, after 12 years in Cascais. This pombaline building housed an art gallery for a few years and it was eventually remodeled in order to host Stanislav. It is now a place for everyone who enjoys a meal with hints of history to it. The décor relies on vintage furniture, reminiscent of Russian traditions such as the matrioshkas dolls or the lace chairs and lamps. Stanislav is usually referred to as a charming space and we dare to add cosy to it. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
The menu is well varied and as expected, it offers a journey through Eastern Europe’s flavours. Amongst the most popular dishes you will find borsh (a soup made with beetroot and cream), shaslyk (skewerd pork with spices), golubsi (cabbage rolls filled with meat and rice) and the house special, Kiev chicken. As starter, the menu includes stuffed eggplant with local cheese and schuba salad (boiled herring and vegetables). In case you arrive early and have to wait for your table, head to Stanislav’s lounge area and have a sip of vodka.