Bordalo II

Artur Bordalo (Lisbon, 1987), a.k.a. Bordalo II, follows the motto “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Bordalo uses in his works recycled materials that have survived their original purpose, as a declaration of sustainability and ecological awareness.

The Racoon (2015)

“The Raccoon” is one of my favorite works from Bordalo II ( @b0rdalo_ii ) and my guests, while touring the Belem area, have the opportunity to appreciate this stunning street art installation. The Raccoon is made of parts of old cars.

This work was conceived to be seen clearly from a distance and becomes blurred when the observation point comes closer. In this small video, you may see the Raccoon going from blurred to clear as the tuk-tuk moves away, a kind of effect causing usually a lot of “wows” in the rear seats.

The Fox (2017)

This fox is decorating the ruins of an old warehouse in the industrial zone near the river. This work is made out of recycled plastic chairs.

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The fox in 24th July Av – Bordalo II – street art

The Honey Bee (2016)

This bee can be visited in Lx Factory and is made of plastic ducts, shower curtains, car bumpers and wire nets.

Honey bee – Bordalo II – street art

The Pelicans (2020)

The Pelicans of Bordalo can be seen next to the Santa Justa elevator, at the intersection of Santa Justa and Carmo streets. The materials used are plastics, rubbish bins, bumpers and other car parts, construction material, hoses and helmets.

The Pelicans of Bordalo

The pelican is the corporate image of the Bank on whose wall it is located, and which commissioned the work.

Fairey and Vhils

Collaborative Work (2017)

American artist Shepard Fairey (Charleston, 1970) and Portuguese Vhils (Lisbon, 1987) are both world-renowned artists. A mural decorated by any of them would always be interesting, but what makes this work in Graça brilliant is the perfect combination of two such different styles. A case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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Fairey + Vhils – street art

Are you walking in the Graça neighborhood? Have you already seen the landscape from the Senhora do Monte viewpoint? So don’t miss this co-production, which is the best Lisbon has to offer its visitors at the moment.

From Rua da Graça, whether you arrived there by tuk-tuk or tram 28, just go down Rua do Sol to Graça and turn right onto Rua da Senhora da Glória.

This co-production represents a woman’s face. On the left side of the viewer you can see the painting by Shepard Fairey and on the right side the wall is carved in the style of Vhils.

The woman depicted has her mouth covered and her hair covered, but only in the painted part, while in the chopped part the face is more visible. This difference symbolically reflects the difference in techniques. Fairey, when painting, is adding something to the wall, which is the paint. On the other hand, Vhils in doing her work is removing material from the wall. If we think of the fabric of the scarves that cover the mouth and hair as the first layer of the drawing, Vhils, when doing his work, is exposing the woman’s face in a way that is not the case in the painted part.

Senhora do Monte

From the viewpoint of Senhora do Monte, there is a panoramic view over the city of Lisbon. Looking towards the river Tagus, the hill of the castle of S. Jorge is a must for visitors. The flat area to the right of the castle hill is Baixa, the area rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and bordered by Rossio and Figueira squares on one side and Praça do Comércio by the river. Further to the right we have Chiado, with the ruins of the Carmo Church and Santa Justa lift. Further on, we can see the 25 April bridge and Christ statue.

Senhora do Monte – Castle, Baixa and Chiado

In the foreground you can see the neighborhood of Mouraria and Martim Moniz square, where the tram 28 starts and ends. Right in front is the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcântara and Bairro Alto. On the horizon line you can see the white dome of the Basilica of Estrela.

Senhora do Monte – Chiado and Bairro Alto

Many locals and visitors look for the Senhora do Monte viewpoint to watch the sunset.

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Senhora do Monte – night view

The name of the viewpoint is given by the chapel of Senhora do Monte, which existed on the site since 1147 and was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.

Santa Luzia

Santa Luzia viewpoint is the most Instagramable spot of Lisbon. Built on the old wall, offers a privileged view over Alfama, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, over the Tagus and the south bank.

The view from this viewpoint is exactly the same as the one you get from the nearby Portas do Sol viewpoint, but the place itself is much more pleasant, with the setting given by the bougainvillea and the live music. The problem lies in the competition to get to the wall where you can get the best shots. That’s why many people choose to go very early to have the viewpoint all on their own.

Pantheon and Saint Stephan

From this viewpoint it’s possible to see Pantheon and the church of Saint Stephan. Towards the river there is the pink building of Museum of Fado and the church of Saint Michael. In Tagus banks there is the modern Cruise Ship Terminal.

Santa Luzia Viewpoint - view over Alfama
Museum of Fado and Saint Michael Church

The name of the viewpoint was borrowed from the imposing Santa Luzia Church of the Sovereign Order of Malta. In the Church’s wall there are 2 magnificent panels of tiles, representing the conquest of Lisbon in 1147 and the other the medieval Square of Commerce as existed before the earthquake of 1755.

The conquest of Lisbon – 2nd Crusade (1147)

Belem Tower

Belem Tower is the lonely sentinel of the city of Lisbon. Built on the right bank of the Tagus as a defensive structure, it has been welcoming during the last 5 centuries those who enter and leave Lisbon by sea.

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Sunset in Belem

Built between 1514 and 1519 (architect Francisco de Arruda) it is the jewel in the crown of Portuguese architecture. The style of construction is Manueline as can be seen from the exuberant decoration in elements of nature.

Belém Tower – wall facing the river

Belem Tower is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Despite its candid air, it could fire 16 cannons simultaneously. When the tower lost its military importance, it was successively used as a prison, lighthouse, border post and is currently one of Lisbon’s main tourist attractions.

Belem Tower was classified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983, together with Jeronimos Monastery.

Belem Tower – Bulwark

When visiting the Tower, be sure to look for  Ghanda (outside the Tower), which is possibly the oldest artistic representation of a rhino, made in Europe.

Belem Tower – Ghanda

Opening hours: 10am – 5:30pm from October to April and 6:30pm from May to September (last admission 30 minutes before closing).

Closed: Mondays and January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th and December 25th

Entrance fee : 6€ (free up to 12)

Self-guided visit. Recommended duration: 30 minutes