Explore The Masonic Lisbon by Walking

  • A walking tour of Lisbon with a passionate local. Learn how this city was rebuilt after a huge earthquake in 1755 and discover the masonic symbolism in Lisbon. Join me on this unique exploration, hunt for the masonic symbols, unknown history, secrets and more in the heart of Lisbon.

  • Duration icon1.5 H
    Participants icon1 - 7
    Offered in English
  • Explore The Masonic Lisbon by Walking

  • A walking tour of Lisbon with a passionate local. Learn how this city was rebuilt after a huge earthquake in 1755 and discover the masonic symbolism in Lisbon. Join me on this unique exploration, hunt for the masonic symbols, unknown history, secrets and more in the heart of Lisbon.

  • Duration icon1.5 H
    Participants icon1 - 7
    Offered in English
  • Offered in English
  • Meet your host, Vítor O
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    My name is Vitor, born in 1987 and i live in Lisbon. I love the history of my country and i would like to share my knowledge with other people.

  • What you will see and do

    Welcome to my Masonic Lisbon Walking Tour. We’ll take a nice stroll through Lisbon’s nicest and narrowest streets as well as the main sights where I’ll tell you how this city was rebuilt after a huge earthquake in 1755 by Marquês de Pombal, the history of Freemasonry in Lisbon and of course we’ll see the masonic symbols in Lisbon with our own eyes.

    In 1755, a huge earthquake destroyed the city of Lisbon. After that, a man named Marquês de Pombal ordered the rebuilt. This new city is still called "Lisboa pombalina". There is no evidence that Marquês de Pombal was initiated as a Freemason, but many historians say he was initiated in Austria.

    Lisboa Pombalina was built under the spirit of the eighteenth century and the Enlightenment, and designed also under masonic shape and is full of symbolism, that can be seen until today.

    Before the tour starts we will explain some generic knowledge about Freemasonry. Visitors are free to ask what they want.

    The tour starts in the majestic Commerce Square and its highlights, such as the Columns Pier, the Triumphal Arch and the statue of King D. Jose I. Here, it's possible to see the Masonic symbolism as well as some symbolism of the various occult sciences still studied in the West.

    Then, the tour continues in the direction of Rossio, by "Rua Augusta". During this route, it's possible to see and contemplate the architecture of straight lines and level buildings, in a clear symbolism alluding to Freemasonry (square and level).

    After the Rossio, which is one of the most beautiful squares in Lisbon, the visit will go to Restauradores and Avenida da Liberdade. Here we can see the façade of the Foz Palace and the Condes Palace. The latter Palace was the meeting point of the secret order of the Makavenkos in the early twentieth century. Today, this palace is where Hard Rock works.

    The visit ends in Largo Rafael Bordalo pinheiro, where there is a beautiful building with Masonic paintings and other paintings related with traditional esoteric symbolism.

    I read and study this matters for more then 10 years.

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    comfortable clothing for walking.

  • 2 Reviews

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    October 2018

    Victor was the perfect host. I knew nothing about the Masonic world. And Vitor made the whole experience interesting on a cultural and architectural level. I definitely recommend it

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    July 2018

    Vitor took my wife and myself on the masonic tour of Lisbon pointing out the many masonic references which you would otherwise miss. There is also much more symbolism in the city which is not masonic which Vitor also pointed out. As an English freemason it was interesting to discover the similarities between the UGLE and contintental constitutions but also the differences and the differences in rituals. Vitor also gave a short history of the rebuilding if the city in 1755 and why the new part of the city was planned. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone, whether a freemason or not.

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