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Largo de Sao Miguel, Lisboa, Portugal, 2017 [open in full screen]  

 
 

As promised before here is another square in Alfama the oldest district of Lisbon. This one is little more exciting and with more content, now and even more in the near future. First, of course there is a fine restaurant with Fado music. Then there is a Sao Miguel church that is taking place of the much older temple completely rebuilt in Baroque style in 1673 and then again in 1720, overpowering the square that with any urban logic actually can't withstand its size.

  New Museu Judaico is planned to be open on this square later this year. Public is against this project that "cuts with the tradition of the neighborhood". [See project photo bottom right]. The Association of the Heritage and Population of Alfama (APPA) wants the "complete alteration of the architectural project" or museum to be moved somewhere else. This will be the first modern building in Alfama and I am not sure that it will be a good fit.   Of course we are aware that modern planning has to envision the future. It will be interesting to follow the development of this project, maybe it can give us a sense of the times coming? On the way down true the narrow streets from Castle Sao Jorge at the top this square is favourite resting and "observing life" place especially from the steps in front of the Sao Miguel church. At least that's what we did.

 
           
   
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ceremonial
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court yard
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