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“best way to know the history of Lisbon”

Lisboa Story Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Lisboa Story CentreMemories of the CityBuilt on the hills bathed by the Tagus, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa is a fascinating mosaic of memories, stories and influences that still mark the urban landscape of this unique city.The various events that make up its history and some of its protagonists are now presented at Lisboa Story Centre, where all who visit the Portuguese capital are invited to make a trip back in time and discover memories of Lisboa, since its foundation until present day.Located in Terreiro do Paco, this interactive technology-based facility relates the main events in the city from past to present.In a playful and interactive way whilst respecting the historical accuracy that a city with Lisboa's past deserves, this interpretation centre takes visitors on a 60 minute journey through space and time with an audio guide system presenting historically accurate events and dramatic scenes of the city's different eras.The tour is organized into six main sections: Lisboa: Myths and Realities, which covers the River, Land, Sea, Sky, Early mythology, settlers and conquerors and the City Walls.This is followed by the section Lisboa: Global City, which presents the Cosmopolitan City, the Warehouse of the World, Beyond the Horizon, the Flying Priest, Magnificent City, Death and Politics and the Church. The section focusing on November 1755, All Saints Day, addresses the earthquake and the city in ruins, passing on to the core vision of Pombal, who introduces Modern City Planning in the postearthquake period and the Reconstruction of the City. And finally, the Terreiro do Paco section, which focuses on the Public Square: Politics and Leisure.The 1755 earthquake is shown in a sensory theatre experience that captivates all visitors.You can extend your tour with a visit to the 1st floor where visitors can play with an interactive scale model that recreates the centre of Lisboa, allowing you to visualise predetermined events and the places where they occurred.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is by far one of the best ways to know the history of Lisbon, great use of tech and special effects. a must!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

This multi-media presentation is confused and confusing. It only gives you a quick overview of Lisbon's really fascinating history--a missed opportunity. If you want a good introduction to the history of the city and of Portugal, take the time to 1) visit the gorgeous Mosteiro de Jeronimos in Belem (a short tram ride from the city centre) and take the time to read the text on the exhibit on the second floor. The presentation gives three timelines--the world, Portugal, and the Monastery--and puts much in perspective.

And if you'd like to know more about the fascinating history of the Portuguese and their descendants around the world (did you know that Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language?) read Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure. (Véhicule Press, 2010, http://www.amazon.com/Making-Waves-Continuing-Portuguese-Adventure/dp/1550652923)

Thank MarySoderstrom
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Me and two teenagers spent an hour here while mum went shopping. They give you an audio guide that works off gps so it knows where you are and what to tell you. Still and moving pictures tell the story of Lisbon from its beginnings to modern times (more detail on the favourable parts and plenty on the age of exploration) and includes a great cinema section with a reconstruction (if that's the right word) of the 1755 earthquake/fire/tsunami. Great insight into the story of praca commercio over the years. All were impressed. For an extra euro you can choose to visit the arch at the entrance to the square. We didn't but presumably it offers a special view of the city from the top.

Thank Neil B
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Enjoyed this presentation. A graphical recreation of the Lisbon narrative. Creditable attempt to represent the 1755 earthquake. A small reference library instead of yet more tourist merchandise would have added gravitas. Good value with a concession, but I wouldn't personally have paid the full price.
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Thank GZBY
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We found it very interesting and rather original. Go there when in Lisbon and learn about the fascinating history of this great city!

Thank markhebbelinck
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