Lisbon Weekly Photo

The idea came up after visiting several “DailyPhoto” sites, particularly the one from Paris, which is my other favorite city. Since LisbonDailyPhoto was getting posts very irregularly, I decided to create this place. Although my skills and my Exilim Z110 are very limited, I hope to deserve your visit. Please leave your comments (any comments) so I can improve.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Galerias Romanas

The Roman Galleries in downtown Lisbon were only discovered after the great 1755 earthquake. They are opened to the public just once a year because they’re permanently submerged and the absence of water for a longer period could affect their stability. The access is done precisely in the middle of the street with the trams passing in both directions. The galleries (dated from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AC) are considered part of a “criptopórtico”, underground galleries built in unstable lands to support the main buildings and also used as temporary storage.


7 Comments:

Blogger Nikon said...

Wow, interesting Carlos. Great available light shots, too.
That's a really different post!

11:36 PM  
Blogger Giuliano said...

that's pretty amazing.
i've spent in lisbon 3 months, but never heard of that.

9:19 AM  
Blogger len said...

I saw a photo of this at the Lisbon Experience in Belem but had no clue what it was...until now. Thanks! Do you know when it is open to the public? I live in Lisbon and want to see this!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks Paul,
It's always a pleasure to receive your visit.

Giuliano and Len, thanks for you visit. These galleries are usually referred as being in Rua da Prata but the access is done through Rua da Conceição, right between the tram tracks. It's open to the public usually 3 days in late September and, I can tell you, the wait time is long. I got there in the first day at the opening (friday at 10h) and had to wait 3 hours.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

So my friend, this year you made it! I have only learned from your post that it happened, because here in Sibera VFX, Lisoba n�o existe. But we have had the spectacle of the annual feira, esperas e largadas dos bulls & even their deaths.
Worth the 3 hours? Last year, our wait was 4 hours & I was glad we did it. Now, on to your Jer�nimos...

7:12 PM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

Amazing. Such an old space.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Stew,
Thanks for the visit. Although the area available to the public is very limited, it sure worth the 3 hours wait. “Just” 3 hours wait cause it was Friday morning and the first day.

Meg,
What I found most incredible is that they were only discovered after 1755.

4:56 PM  

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