An Historical Walking Tour in the city center
In the first half of the 15th century Portugal, under the guidance of Prince Henry the Navigator, began what we now refer to as the Atlantic Slave Trade. This trade saw between 12 to 14 million Africans sold into slavery and taken across the ocean to the Americas, it was a crime against the humanity of these individuals that lasted for four centuries.
In this walking tour you learn just how this trade shaped Portugal's development. To that end, you will be guided along back streets and main avenues, monuments, churches and public squares that have a connection with this history and can offer insight into how Lisbon was marked by slavery.
We will address various topics such as the genesis of the slavery in the Iberian peninsula, the birth of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Age of Discovery, the day to day aspects of the life of a slave living in historical Lisbon, the importance of Brazil, the abolition of the trade in Portugal, the Portuguese colonies in Africa and the struggle for liberation.
We will meet in front of the "Chafariz Del Rey" fountain, located just in front of the "Museu do Fado".
The tour will then proceed to the following areas and sites of Lisbon:
- Praça do Comércio
- Church of São Domingues
- Bairro Alto
- Church of Saint Roque
We will end the tour at the Cais do Sodré, near the Time Out Food Market.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The tour commences in front of the Medieval fountain located at the following address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro
End location: The tour will end at Praça Dom Luís I
Duration: 3 hours
This experience is provided in the walking tour format. When required a vehicle is arranged for hotel pick ups.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euro - Cost for food and beverages during the tour's break.
I am not a driver. I always arrange for a luxury vehicle and professional driver.
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Rui was great. We booked at the last minute and he was totally accommodating. He gave us a great education about Portugal's complicity in the slave trade, and also the world power that Portugal was at that time. Definitely a worthwhile tour. Paul