Lisbon’s underground Roman museum

     If you were reading about Lisbon, this weekend, you may have heard about the Roman galleries that only open 3 days a year, being submerged by Tagus river during the rest of the time.

     Lisbon was once an important city for the romans and to prove that, there are a number of roman vestiges. These galleries are by far the most famous ones. The media coverage about this place is huge and so are the lines.

     What few people know is that there is another underground museum area, with roman ruins, underneath the city center.

     I’m talking about the Archaeological Center of Millenium BCP (a Portuguese bank). It’s located underneath the downtown area and you get to walk under the main building and see a former roman house and fish salting factory.

     It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm and has guided tours (mandatory) starting at every sharp hour. It’s not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia but it’s definitely something different to do while in Lisbon.

If you really want to visit this place, here are the contacts.

May 18th-International Day of Museums

     We are very excited around here at Lisbon Stories! Tomorrow is the International Day of Museums. We love what we do, so this date is just a good excuse to visit our stunning monuments  and museums yet another time. The best of all: for free!!

     The date is celebrated worldwide and the best of all is that this year, May the 18th is a Saturday, so there is a full weekend to be planned starting tonight. Yes, you read it well; many museums and monuments throughout the country will be open at night, holding different cultural events, music concerts, guided tours, etc…

     If you are around Lisbon I would suggest taking a walk around the Chiado quarter, in the center of the city, in the evening and then head off to one of the nearby museums open at night such as the Archaeological Museum of Carmo or the more modern Museu do Chiado.

    However, anything goes as the different programs include special guided tours, dance and acting performances, workshops for families and many, many activities more. The Portuguese institution that runs the public museums in Portugal (IGESPAR) has a full program of the weekend which you can see here.

   It is in Portuguese, but we are happy to help you with the translation. Just send us an email and maybe we can meet in one of the museums. Don’t miss out all the fun!!

Carmo convent – our 1st featured museum

     Carmo convent and museum couldn’t be a better start for our new category: featured museum.

    Built during the late 14th century, it could be just another European Gothic monastery if it wasn’t destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, a major earthquake that destroyed a considerable part of Lisbon. The structure was compromised and there was no way to recover this building. Instead of trowing it down, it was decided to turn it into an Archaeological museum to remember forever the victims of the earthquake.

     We’ve all seen beautiful Gothic monasteries but this one is special. When you look up, instead of looking at a massive stone-roof, you see the sky and the clouds. Hanging on the walls and ground there are several tomb-stones, coat of arms and other interesting archaeological findings from different centuries.

   To complete this beautiful place, where once was the transept we now have a real archaeological museum chronologically organized.


    Practical info: it’s located close to Chiado and Bairro Alto; closes on Mondays and opens from 10 am to 6 pm. The admission fee is 3,5€ with discounts for students and senior citizens.