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Lisbon Before The Earthquake

01 November 2022

5 days from £2,250pp

Join expert lecturer Isabelle Kent as she peels back the layers of this remarkable and invincible city to discover a history as richly diverse as it is long
  • Stay in the Rossio district, right in the heart of Lisbon 
  • Full day exploration in Belem and visit the impressive Jerónimos Monastery and the famous Museu Coleçāo Berardo
  • Guided visit to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, home to the outstanding private collection of oil magnate
  • Discover those building that survived the earthquake of 1755
As one of the world’s oldest cities, Lisbon has seen it all. First inhabited by pre-Celtic tribes who settled in the region during the Neolithic period, it was the Phoenicians who truly laid the foundations for the city as it exists today, establishing a trading port that they named Alis Ubbo (“safe port”) in the sheltered Targus estuary. The Romans arrived in 205BC, drawn to the city’s strategic location, further swelling its status to one of the most important cities on the Iberian Peninsula. A succession of conquerors followed, most notably a prosperous period of Moorish rule from AD711 until the city was eventually reconquered by Christian crusaders at the behest of Alfonso Henriques I, the first king of Portugal. The city was nominated Portuguese capital in 1256 by Afonso III, relegating Coimbra and allowing Lisbon to reach its zenith in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. During this period, Portuguese explorers dominated the world’s oceans, establishing an empire that stretched from Brazil to India. The steady rise of this seemingly indomitable metropolis was brought to a sudden halt on 1 November 1755, when eight minutes of earthquake literally shook the city to its very core. A city-engulfing tsunami followed thereafter, and then a week-long firestorm, reducing most of what was left to embers. Thanks to the wealth and might of the Portuguese empire, the city was quickly rebuilt in the Pombaline style, handsome red roofs rising phoenix-like from the ashes to create the elegant city as it stands today. Perhaps most remarkable is the fact that vestiges of pre-earthquake Lisbon did manage to survive the near apocalyptic events of 1755. What remains will form the basis of this new study tour; join guest lecturer Isabelle Kent as she peels back the layers of this remarkable and invincible city to discover a history as richly diverse as it is long.

Your Accommodation

Altis Avenida

The Hotel Altis Avenida is a charming boutique hotel in Lisbon, with an extraordinary location in the heart of the city, in Praça dos Restauradores. The architecture and decoration are inspired by the 40s and revolve around the urban chic concept, where the past and future meet creating a unique atmosphere of charm and glamour.
Room Facilities & Amenities
Classic rooms - very quiet rooms overlooking the hotel's inner courtyard. 
  • Full HD LCD TV with digital guest service
  • Direct telephone
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Free WIFI Internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe with electric power
  • Double glazed windows
  • Minibar
  • Blackout with electric control
  • Pillow menu
  • Professional 1600W hairdryer
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Down duvets
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen