The traveller who sees Lisbon in black and white for the first time is surprised by the diversity of the city’s urban structure and its colourfulness. The white of the “Moorish” quarters, the ochre yellow of the Pombaline city, the countless facades of the tiled buildings, the light of the Tagus and, a brand image of Portugal, the Portuguese cobblestone.
“(…) We spend years going through things, looking at things we do not see, of which we are not even aware that they exist, until one day when we learn to see and it becomes light… that is, color!”
In “black and white” we will discover this colourful Lisbon and appreciate the places where the minutia of the calceteiros made possible the creation of true wonders. This is an undeniable historical and cultural heritage, unfortunately not always recognized.
In Avenida da Liberdade, where the most beautiful examples of Portuguese cobblestone are to be found, we will head to Praça D. Pedro IV (Rossio) , with the ” open sea ” cobblestone technique. Mandatory to stop, in the street of the Victory, in homage to the calceteiro, a profession in the way of extinction.
Still In Belém at the Praça Duque da Terceira, where the pavement is made of dark stone. In contrast with the other places observed in this area, and in the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Here we will find, surrounded by the “open sea”, a map with the navigation routes of the Portuguese navigators.
Symbol of contemporaneity, the eastern area of the city of Lisbon, Parque das Nações, offers us creations, in Portuguese cobblestone. Here the maritime motifs and mythological figures prevail. The 1998 World Exhibition, held in this part of the city, contributed a lot to call international attention about the potentialities of the Portuguese cobblestone.