"Graça District" Graça District Tip by J_Antunes

Graça District, Lisbon: 3 reviews and 4 photos

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Graça district is one of my favorites in town. Once it was the proletarian outskirts of the city, the place where the workers lived in houses built by their bosses. They would get in the 28 tram and follow down the hill to downtown where most offices and factories existed. There are some remains of these old times. The gracious houses of Vila Berta, Vila Sousa and others are remaining of this not so far away past.

But the history dates back in time. In the Arabs time the place was called Almofala, which meant prison. Later it was the place where the first bishop of Lisbon, São Gens, was crucified by the Romans. Close by you?ll see today the lovely chapel of senhora do Monte. Inside, you find the old chair of São gens that a legend says eases the labor pains if the pregnant seats there before the labor. Some believe it is the remaining of an old fertility cult. Also inside the chapel there is an old nativity scene. Normally the chapel is closed. In front there is a nice garden with wonderful views over Lisbon. Going down a bit you?ll find Albergaria Senhora do Monte, a nice hotel with brilliant views over the city. In the top you?ll find a lovely bar with great views.

In Rua Damasceno Monteiro you have the fancy Via Graça restaurant also with great views over town. The most important building in the neighborhood is the Convent. Today it is used by the militaries and only the church is open to the public. The entrance to the church can be done in the Graça Belvedere. Graça belvedere has a nice view and a small esplanade to chill out. The place can be a bit windy though. You can still a bit and imagine the troops of Afonso Henriques imagining a way to break into the Castle that was in Moorish hands for centuries.

Graça was also one of the first neighborhoods to have its own cinema. The place where today you can find Pingo Doce supermarket was once Rex Cinema. There are some elements still standing from the old cinema.

Natália Correia, the Azorean poet, lived here many years and in a bar called Botequim close to Vila Berta done many of her gathering of poets and artists.

Address: Bounded by Rua dos Lagares & Travessa Olival à Graça (West to East) and Rua da Verónica & Rua dos Sapadores (South to North)
Directions: Located Southeast of center

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2009
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