Tour Locations | Lisbon and the Tagus River

  • LOCATION 10 | Lisbon and the Tagus River

    Rua do Crucifixo

    As you keep walking straight, have a look to your left. You'll see an exuberant building. It was built in the 1920s and bought by Artur Alves dos Reis with fake Portuguese currency acquired through a daring scheme.

    Reis used forged documents to order banknotes from the same British company that printed official banknotes for the Bank of Portugal. When the fraud was discovered, it created a crisis of confidence that helped pave the way for a military coup in 1926. This coup created a dictatorship regime that endured until 1974.

    We are now walking through the part of downtown that was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. The Marquis of Pombal oversaw the reconstruction of the city, replacing the old meandering medieval streets with new avenues organized according to a grid system.

    Continue down this street for a bit, and don’t forget to look at the cobblestone pavements as you do!

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