Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lisbon’s Roman galleries open to visitors

Revisit Roman history in Lisbon’s downtown. For 3 days you have the opportunity to visit this Lisbon Roman landmark which only opens to the public twice a year.

The visits (free and always guided) to the galleries, will take place on April 17th, 18th and 19th, between 10am and 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm). Fulfilling the tradition, the turnout will be such that the queues will grow through downtown’s streets, forcing the more patient ones to a long wait to achieve their goal, since no reservations are available.

All of this because the visit seems to continue wrapped in mystery, spreading a certain fascination for the many who eventually enter into these (very) wet galleries. One of the main reasons, besides the weight of history, is the fact that these galleries can only be visit for a few days a year.

The visits, through a darkened environment with a mix of theatrical spotlights, are guided by experts from the Museu da Cidade and the Centro de Arqueologia de Lisboa.

It's worth to go forewarned - particularly on Saturday afternoon and, even more on Sunday - to wait in a line that will go along Rua dos Correeiros. The meeting point is in Rua da Conceição (next to nr.77) and to ensure access, it is better to arrive early since it is possible that due to the public’s influx the queue may close earlier.

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