Technical Visit

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Subway: Rossio station (Green Line) or Baixa-Chiado station (Blue Line)
(Follow Rua Augusta, on the direction of the Tagus River. Turn right to Rua do Comércio. On the left, you will see Praça do Município, where Lisbon’s City Hall is located. On the left, you will find the church of São Julião).

Exhibition Lisbon (Re) Foundations
Guided Tour, December 4, 14:00 – 15:00
Entrance: Largo de São Julião, Banco de Portugal


During the refurbishment of the Headquarters of the Bank of Portugal, an archaeological excavation was carried out in the ancient church of São Julião and in some accessible areas of the other headquarters buildings. Several findings were made.

Modern level: One of the most emblematic findings, although expected, were the wood poles of the Pombaline period, located particularly on the foundations and on the supporting walls. This foundation structure (composed of wood poles and grids) is linked to the reconstruction efforts of the city following the 1755 earthquake.
Medieval level: The main finding of the medieval era is the section of the wall of King D. Dinis, next to which traces of half walls and houses were also found.
Roman level: Some objects of historical value were found.
Necropolis: Several burials were found, the most recent dating back to the first half of the XIX century. These burials show no logic associated with gender or social status. No headstones were discovered, and only in some cases the burials were made in the coffins. Some ossuaries were also found, including one with the 63 individuals and another one with 43 (the latter including some complete burials, which may indicate a mass burial, probably due to an epidemic outbreak).

At the end of the visit, you can also visit the Interpretation Centre for the Wall of D. Dinis.
At the end of the XIII century, Lisbon was an important economic and trade centre subject to attacks from the sea. To defend the people and goods, King D. Dinis built a wall at the city’s waterfront that was in use for about 75 years.
Over the centuries, many buildings benefitted from this solid construction to support their walls, including the Royal Palace of Ribeira, built by King D. Manuel in the period of the Portuguese Discoveries.
In 1755, the Lisbon Earthquake damaged the structure almost completely and it remained buried for more than 250 years. In 2010, the archaeological excavations carried out during the refurbishment of the headquarters of the Bank of Portugal brought the new monument back to daylight.
On this Interpretation Centre it is possible to understand how this defensive structure influenced the later urbanism of the capital. The exhibition is divided into thematic areas and brings together several stories: about the king and his time, the historical development and the contribution of archaeology for the interpretation of the remains.

(Back to Rua do Comércio, straight forward to Rua Augusta, turn left to Rua dos Correeiros)

Millennium bcp Foundation - Archaeological Centre (NARC)
Guided Tour, December 4, 16:00 – 17:00
Entrance: Rua dos Correeiros, 9 (reception desk)

Near the arch in Rua Augusta occupying almost an entire block in the Pombaline historical centre of Lisbon, stands the Millennium bcp building.
Between 1991 and 1995, during renovation works carried out there, while digging down, archaeological structures were uncovered left by civilisations living in Lisbon over various periods.
Due to its unique characteristics - 2,500 years of history in Lisbon are revealed - this space, now called Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros (NARC), in spite of belonging to Millennium bcp, is also part of the City’s heritage, if not the country’s.
The visit to NARC will take you on a trip through the history of Lisbon, going through the Ibero-Punic, Roman, and Visigoth, Islamic, Medieval, the fifteen hundreds and Pombaline Periods.