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Igreja do Carmo


A part of the ruin of the Igreja do Carmo (Church of the Carmelites) shows in the left hand picture. The church was built in the late 14th century. At some stage this was the biggest church in Lisbon, which says a lot. The view in the left hand picture is from the Rossio in the Baixa district, while the church ruins are against the hill in the Bairo Alto district.


The ruin is what is left of the church, after the 1755 earthquake that struck while the congregation was holding mass and the roof came down on them. The lower level Baixa district was flattened by the quake and what remained was flooded by a resulting tsunami. The devastation was enormous and the Baixa district got to be rebuilt according to a plan. No more winding streets, but square and rectangular city blocks.


Climbing up the Bairo Alto hill and on the other side of the church ruin, there is a small town square housing the Chafariz do Carmo, an 18th century fountain, with beautiful tourist girls gawking at it. (Second pic from the left). The building behind the fountain canopy, is what is left of the church after the quake and houses a museum. For some reason there is a military guard at the museum door.


The picture on the right is of a window frame in a wall that survived the earthquake back then.



comments (15)

A nice collection, Lois.
Louis: Thank you Frank
Each of these images would stand alone - but together it's a lovely presentation with a story to tell.
Louis: I thought that they would - but all the Portuguese pictures I have shown to date, was taken in the first 24 hours after landing AND I haven't (and will not) show all the pictures I have taken. So I decided collages can help a lot.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 18 Sep 2017, 05:40
I like this illustrated history lesson, Louis.
Louis: Well, where there are old buildings, there is history, Ray smile
I like how you've taken us along on this part of the journey, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie, glad to oblige.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:19
I can tell you had a wonderful time in Portugal. Wonderful series. Thank you for the write-up.
Louis: Thanks Astrid - it was a wonderful time indeed.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:35
The idea of a smart soldier guarding a place for no apparent reason is a delight Louis. Actually he does look very smart
Louis: Indeed, he looks very smart, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:39
Oh, heel bedankt voor je informatie - I like this montage very much.
Louis: Dankjewel, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:56
What a calamity Louis, I did not know about this earthquake. It must have been a whopper.
Louis: A whopper, indeed. Estimated loss of 15,000 lives in Lisbon and huge property losses, even much further into Portugal, than just Lisbon.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Sep 2017, 08:05
J'aime bien le soldat qui monte la garde.
Louis: Il a l'air très smart dans son uniforme, Martine.
Ironic that the roof fell in on the worshippers. A fine set of pictures Louis
Louis: It happened in 20 more churches, as it was All Saints Day. Thank you Bill.
PS. to me, the class act of irony is when the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, oversees the herding of defenseless townspeople or monks into a church, bar the doors and then set the place alight. A pious killer...
A really enjoyable post Louis, four good pictures and great narrative, I know almost nothing about Lisbon, or at elast didn't until you started this series.
Louis: Thank you Brian. I knew Lisbon as the capital of Portugal and read up a lot, before my visit, but everything only started to fall into place, once I started to walk the streets.
What a story you've told! Nice shots, well presented.
Louis: Thank you Mary. Lisbon has quite a story to tell.
A nice collection, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom.
an agreeable collection of images, Louis. i am trying to imagine which would be preferable: winding or rectangular.
Louis: Thanks Ayush. There are two districts next to each other - Alfama,a winding street district dating from the Moorish occupation and the Baixa with rectangular street blocks. Alfama is very cultural, while the Baixa is a somewhat modern shopping district. Each agreeable in its own way...
> I especially like the last one of your pix... the window.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn - it is sort of a favourite of mine as well.

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