How much do you know about Lis­bon? This is a short list of inter­est­ing facts about Lis­bon, most of which you prob­a­bly did not know. This knowl­edge will help you take a fresh look at one of the old­est cities in Europe.

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Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Lis­bon

1. Lisbon is not a city of seven hills

Most locals will tell you, “Wel­come to the city of the sev­en hills.” The fact is that this state­ment is not true. They are delib­er­ate­ly mis­un­der­stood in order to make Lis­bon more like Rome, also known as the city of the sev­en hills.

city ​​of seven hills

2. The highest hill

Graça is the high­est of Lis­bon’s hills, but it has been removed from the orig­i­nal and offi­cial list. The sev­en lucky ones lined up in this order: San Jorge, San Vicente, San Roque, San­to Andre, San­ta Cata­ri­na, Cha­gas and San­ta Anna.

3. All crows were called Vincents

Ravens have been a sym­bol of the city since 1173, when they accom­pa­nied the body of Saint Vin­cent to Lis­bon, where he was buried. You will always find crows in the cas­tle of San Jorge and below at Se. Every coal mer­chant in the city kept ravens as pets. All these beloved pets have always had the same name: Vicente, in hon­or of the saint.

4The First City To Import Guinness

It is not in the Guin­ness Book of World Records, but records from 1811 show that Lis­bon was the first city in the world to import Guin­ness beer. O’Gillins and Hen­nessy’s are among the few pubs in Lis­bon where you can enjoy a per­fect­ly poured pint of Guin­ness — con­tin­u­ing a tra­di­tion that is over 203 years old.

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view of lisbon from the sea

5. Delicacies on the Tagus River

The Tagus Riv­er is not the most attrac­tive of the rivers. No one (in their right mind) wants to plunge into its waters. But the world-famous oys­ters once grew in this riv­er.

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6. Two imitator monuments

The Por­tuguese car­di­nal vis­it­ed Rio de Janeiro in 1934, just three years after the com­ple­tion of the famous Brazil­ian mon­u­ment to Christ the Redeemer. He was so impressed that he decid­ed that Lis­bon should have one just like it. This is how the mon­u­ment to Christ the King (Cristo Rei) appeared. Sim­i­lar­ly, in 1532 Bras de Albu­querque trav­eled to Italy, saw the Dia­man­ti Palace in Fer­rara, returned and decid­ed to build the House of Thorns.

christ monument in lisbon

The high­est offi­cials of the Catholic Church in Por­tu­gal jus­ti­fied the stat­ue of Christ the King, say­ing that it was a sign of grat­i­tude to God for answer­ing a spe­cial prayer to keep Por­tu­gal out of World War II.

8. This is one of the smallest bookstores in the world.

Bertrand is known as the world’s old­est book­store, and this is a well-known fact. But Livraria do Simao is one of the small­est with an area of ​​​​only 3.8 square meters. meters. How­ev­er, it holds 4,000 books! It is so small that when a cus­tomer enters, the store own­er usu­al­ly leaves the premis­es.

smallest bookstore

9 Spies Came To Lisbon From All Over The World

Inter­est­ing spy fact: Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, the rich­est Euro­pean refugees cre­at­ed a small com­mu­ni­ty around the casi­nos of the city of Esto­ril near Lis­bon. They spent their days on the beach, danc­ing the night away, hav­ing ban­quets. And when they gam­bled, the stakes were much high­er than you think. The best spies of all West­ern coun­tries worked hard in these cir­cles. The most famous is Ian Flem­ing, the author of the James Bond nov­els, who was here in the ser­vice of British Naval Intel­li­gence.

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10. Cafe seats for writers

In one of Lis­bon’s clas­sic cafes, Mar­t­in­ho da Arca­da, there are two tables that remain emp­ty and are con­stant­ly “reserved”. One for Fer­nan­do Pes­soa, Por­tu­gal’s most pop­u­lar poet, and one for Nobel lau­re­ate José Sara­m­a­go, Por­tu­gal’s most beloved writer.


Con­tin­u­ing the theme of the sights of Lis­bon: Restau­radores Square and the Mon­u­ment to the Restor­ers

11. The World’s Only Public Tie Mirror

At least there is no oth­er city in the world with such a mir­ror. You will find it next to door num­ber 115 in Piaz­za D. Pedro IV. The inscrip­tion reads: “Put in order the knot of your tie” (com­po­nen­tha o no da sua gra­va­ta).

13. Only five people know the recipe for Lisbon’s favorite pastry.

In a city where no one keeps secrets, there are still secrets. The secret recipe for Pas­tel de Belen has nev­er been writ­ten down and is only trans­mit­ted oral­ly. How­ev­er, with great secre­cy comes great respon­si­bil­i­ty, and the keep­ers of this recipe take spe­cial pre­cau­tions: they nev­er trav­el in the same plane, get into the same car, or order the same dish in a restau­rant.

14. Lisbon and Freemasonry

It is said that the whole Baixa was designed and built on the prin­ci­ples of Masons: there are sev­en streets (one of which is Gold­en Street and the oth­er is Sil­ver Street), three squares, two columns by the riv­er, one tri­umphal arch and many oth­er facts. It is dif­fi­cult to say whether this is some­what true, because freema­son­ry is cov­ered with a veil of mys­tery.

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connection with the Freemasonry

15. Lisbon — Capital?

Tech­ni­cal­ly, Lis­bon is not the cap­i­tal of Por­tu­gal. There are no offi­cial doc­u­ments con­firm­ing this fact. The city became the cap­i­tal by acci­dent when King Alfon­so III set­tled with his court in Lis­bon. This made sense since Lis­bon was already the largest and most impor­tant city in Por­tu­gal.

16. Bridge 17 kilometers long

Vas­co da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe, its length exceeds 17 kilo­me­ters. Relat­ed fact: The Guin­ness Book of Records writes about a din­ner attend­ed by 15,000 peo­ple. Where was this din­ner? Yes, on the Vas­co da Gama bridge when it opened in 1998.

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