Introduction to Lisbon: The City of Seven Hills with Tiago Neiva

Introduction to Lisbon: The City of Seven Hills with Tiago Neiva


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Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and a place where countless diverse civilizations and cultures left their mark and identity. This conversation will trace the history and evolution of Lisbon through the ages, as we see how some neighborhoods have frozen in time, while others have adopted a more cosmopolitan feel. This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to learn about the many different facets of this wonderful Portuguese city.

After a first and general introduction, we will explore the spatial and historical organization of the city through its most relevant neighborhoods, with the famous places and monuments but also the less known aspects and secret spots. We’ll also learn about the small and subtle elements that make this city unique: the gastronomy and pastry, the urban materials, the music, the local traditions, and the particular spirit of the “Lisboetas”, the Lisbon inhabitants. We’ll also explore the variety of neighborhoods, which allow for a direct view of its rich and millenary past: from the labyrinthine Moorish and Jewish medieval streets to the glorious monuments of the Discoveries Age period to the small cafes with a literary and cosmopolitan nineteenth-century atmosphere to today’s contemporary architecture and projects.

We’ll also note the geography of the city: Lisbon is mainland Europe's westernmost capital, located at the extreme of the Iberian peninsula, in the Tagus River estuary. This particular geographical position always defined and transformed its character: a city turned to the Atlantic Ocean while maintaining its Mediterranean nature, one arm extended to Europe and the other to the distant vast world(s).

Led by an expert on Architecture and Art History, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this interactive seminar will present the historical, social and architectural Lisbon background. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better knowledge of the city of Lisbon, its historical evolution, and its different atmospheres. After the seminar, it will be easy to see why Lisbon has become one of the most awarded tourist destinations in recent years.

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
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C.A. (Richmond, US)
Ready to go to Lisbon!

This was a very information and interesting presentation. Tiago's style is so engaging and his love for Lisbon infectious. I appreciated Tiago's organization of information - outline, visuals (photos, city maps. The flow of the presentation was excellent - a lot of information to share in a short amount of time but so well-organized that it was easy to follow. I enjoyed learning about the influence of geography and history on the "spirit" of the Lisbon neighborhoods discussed. Excellent!

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K. (Salinas, US)
Lisbon with Tiago Neiva

As always Tiago is passionate about the topics hepresents. I have heard many of his courses. Highly recommend to anyway with interest in general history in the areas of his topics.

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Andi Bidwell (Minneapolis, US)
Lisbon in Just 90 Minutes

My husband and I will be traveling to Portugal in October, and I've started to read travel books on Lisbon and Porto. Lisbon seems like a complicated city with the 7 hills and so much history that I'm getting confused with planning what to see and what to do while we are there. Tiago Neiva was an excellent guide with so much information to share, that I now have a better feel for how to navigate such historic and interesting city.

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L.C. (Portland, US)
Lisbon - the perfect introduction

Tiago's presentation is exactly what I was hoping for: he does an overview of the history of the city so that we can understand the current city, and then walks us through the neighborhoods with an intriguing slide show. The time flies by and I would have listened for another hour!

M
M. (Seattle, US)
Interesting!

Lots of fascinating facts about the complex history of Lisbon accompanied by illustrations and photos. I'll sign up for Tiago's next Lisbon presentation on modern day Lisbon.

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
88%
(29)
6%
(2)
6%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.A. (Richmond, US)
Ready to go to Lisbon!

This was a very information and interesting presentation. Tiago's style is so engaging and his love for Lisbon infectious. I appreciated Tiago's organization of information - outline, visuals (photos, city maps. The flow of the presentation was excellent - a lot of information to share in a short amount of time but so well-organized that it was easy to follow. I enjoyed learning about the influence of geography and history on the "spirit" of the Lisbon neighborhoods discussed. Excellent!

K
K. (Salinas, US)
Lisbon with Tiago Neiva

As always Tiago is passionate about the topics hepresents. I have heard many of his courses. Highly recommend to anyway with interest in general history in the areas of his topics.

A
Andi Bidwell (Minneapolis, US)
Lisbon in Just 90 Minutes

My husband and I will be traveling to Portugal in October, and I've started to read travel books on Lisbon and Porto. Lisbon seems like a complicated city with the 7 hills and so much history that I'm getting confused with planning what to see and what to do while we are there. Tiago Neiva was an excellent guide with so much information to share, that I now have a better feel for how to navigate such historic and interesting city.

L
L.C. (Portland, US)
Lisbon - the perfect introduction

Tiago's presentation is exactly what I was hoping for: he does an overview of the history of the city so that we can understand the current city, and then walks us through the neighborhoods with an intriguing slide show. The time flies by and I would have listened for another hour!

M
M. (Seattle, US)
Interesting!

Lots of fascinating facts about the complex history of Lisbon accompanied by illustrations and photos. I'll sign up for Tiago's next Lisbon presentation on modern day Lisbon.