The legacy of the “Estado Novo” in the Belém quarter
1940 was a year of great celebrations in Portugal and, particularly, in Lisbon with the Portuguese World Exhibition, which completely altered the quarter of Belém, giving it many of the elements that are still remarkable in its landscape today.
With this tour we intend to make known the legacy left by the “Estado Novo” in this neighborhood, which has become one of the most important tourist areas in the capital. For two hours we will have the opportunity to know an important moment in the history of this country and the profound urban transformations introduced in the area. Next to the Tagus River, just before it flows into the sea and in the precise place where the Portuguese maritime epic began, we find the Monument of the Discoveries, which will be our meeting point. There, we will start a trail that will end at the Tropical Botanical Garden (entrance included), which, in addition to its importance in botanical terms, was also one of the main centers of the exhibition.
We would like you to come with us to discover interesting details, small stories from the history of a time so marked by the ideology and architecture of the “Estado Novo”. Come and discover a little bit of Portugal!