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. 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.

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Tiago Neiva lays out the history and geography of his city. But as an architect and loving resident, he provides so much more: the names of lovely old shops, a clear explanation of the economic development of the town, invitation to particular restaurants. I spent 5 well-planned days in Lisbon in 2015, but now, armed with his suggestions, I am anxious to return.

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Great talk!

Excellent introduction to the city that went beyond the usual. I can't wait to visit it again on one of Tiago's tours!

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Lisbon with Tiago

A very engaging visit to Lisbon- Tiago successfully combines the history, the food, the architecture and the feel of Lisbon’s different areas in one seminar! His passion is infectious and I had no idea Lisbon had so much to offer! I can’t wait to bring my husband to Lisbon and hire Tiago!!

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Based on 25 reviews
84%
(21)
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N.S.
Icing on the cake

Tiago Neiva lays out the history and geography of his city. But as an architect and loving resident, he provides so much more: the names of lovely old shops, a clear explanation of the economic development of the town, invitation to particular restaurants. I spent 5 well-planned days in Lisbon in 2015, but now, armed with his suggestions, I am anxious to return.

K
K.S.
Great talk!

Excellent introduction to the city that went beyond the usual. I can't wait to visit it again on one of Tiago's tours!

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A.

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A.B.D.
Lisbon with Tiago

A very engaging visit to Lisbon- Tiago successfully combines the history, the food, the architecture and the feel of Lisbon’s different areas in one seminar! His passion is infectious and I had no idea Lisbon had so much to offer! I can’t wait to bring my husband to Lisbon and hire Tiago!!

M
M.G.

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