Barrio alto

barrio alto

What is a Bairro Alto?

Bairro Alto is characterized by orthogonal blocks, sometimes rectangular, with a proportion of two lots wide by six or eight lots in length, with many of the length dimensions accompanying the roads, while the shorter dimensions following the lanes.

What is the connection between Bairro Alto and Chiado?

Geography. A connection that existed between Bairro Alto and Chiado from the 16th century, was the medieval wall, identifiable by the Calçada do Combro, Rua do Loreto and Rua Garrett, which was the principal exit gate to the west, through the gates of Santa Catarina (whose opening was in the Largo do Chiado ).

Is Bairro Alto safe to visit?

Bairro Alto is a perfectly safe district to enjoy an evening out. We do advise you to take the normal safety precautions that you would in any city, as pick-pockets are known to target the area. Bairro Alto is always bustling with people, especially tourists and students who are an easy target for pick-pocketers.

What caused the urbanization of the Bairro Alto District?

Commercial development caused the growth in the population, and an associated expansion of construction within the medieval walled city. It was this phenomenon that resulted in the urbanization process of the Bairro Alto district, in two distinct phases.

What is Bairro Alto in Lisbon?

L iterally “upper neighborhood,” Bairro Alto sits at the top of a hill, and is the most “recent” of Lisbon’s old quarters. Laid out in 1513, it was the city’s first planned district, with a small grid of narrow streets outside the medieval wall that stood where you now see the two churches in Praça Luís de Camões.

What is a bairro?

The bairro or neighbourhood resulted from urban expansion in the 16th century, forming outside the walls of the historical city, and is characterized by an almost orthogonal tract (developing from two phases of distinct urbanization).

How was the Bairro Alto divided?

Around 1513, the first move to divide the lands of the Bairro Alto began, under the approval of Lopo Atouguia. Bartolomeu de Andrade and his wife Francisca Cordovil received permission to section-off plots for the construction of houses.

Is Bairro Alto safe to visit?

Bairro Alto is a perfectly safe district to enjoy an evening out. We do advise you to take the normal safety precautions that you would in any city, as pick-pockets are known to target the area. Bairro Alto is always bustling with people, especially tourists and students who are an easy target for pick-pocketers.

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