"Admiring the typical pavement" Calçada - Portuguese Pavement Tip by ptitetoile


The mosaic pavement system is one of the characteristic of Lisbon. The sidewalks and square are decorated with stone combinations which look like mosaics, they are spread along all the streets of Lisbon like beautiful carpets where geometric patterns alternate with those of natural inspiration.

The mosaic pavement system as we know it today in Lisbon, was used for the first time in 1840, on a large surface in the parade ground of the military headquarters, on the main hill of Lisbon. After this first experience, the inventor of this system, Lieutenant-General Eusebio Furtado, a military Engineer and Governor of Castelo de S. Jorge between 1840 and 1846, presented the Town Council with a project for the paving of the main square in Lisbon, Rossio, and got the approval, for the making of the famous waves called "mar largo".

The aesthetically inspired designs of the pavement had their roots no doubt in the turbulent consequences of the waters of the Tagus river following the earthquake of 1755 which left the stones and pebbles in the most amazingly decorative and exotic patterns spread out on the banks of the river.

Address: Several to be found in Lisboa
Directions: Located throughout the city.
Website: http://www.golisbon.com/culture/calcada.html

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2004
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