The traveler who sees Lisbon in black and white for the first time is surprised by the city’s urban structure’s diversity and colorfulness. 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 colorful Lisbon and appreciate the places where the minutia of the calceteiros made possible the creation of true wonders. Its an undeniable historical and cultural heritage, unfortunately not consistently recognized.
In Avenida da Liberdade, you can find the most beautiful examples of Portuguese cobblestone. And in Praça D. Pedro IV (Rossio), the ” open sea ” cobblestone technique. Finally, in the street of Victory, a tribute to the calceteiro, a profession in the way of extinction.
Still, In Belém at the Praça Duque da Terceira, the pavement is of dark stone, in contrast with the other places observed in this area and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Here we will find, surrounded by the “open sea,” a map with the navigation routes of the Portuguese navigators.
The eastern area 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 significantly to calling international attention to the Portuguese cobblestone.