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Set underneath the Church of S. Julião in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is the D. Dinis Wall, a section of medieval wall unearthed during the rehabilitation of the neighbourhood in 2012.... Read More
Set underneath the Church of S. Julião in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is the D. Dinis Wall, a section of medieval wall unearthed during the rehabilitation of the neighbourhood in 2012. Constructed near the river on the orders of King Dinis in the late 13th as a defensive structure, the wall was in use for nearly 75 years. Its upper levels were later absorbed as the foundations of the Ribeira Royal Palace, built in the 16th century and destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Buried for centuries, the excavated section now forms the centrepiece of a fascinating Interpretation Centre. Along with the wall, the exhibition also features a wealth of fascinating historical artefacts discovered during the restoration project, items such as fragments of mortar from the 2nd century AD, a 13th-century chess piece and a collection of medieval coins. The deconsecrated church forms part of the headquarters of the Bank of Portugal and future development includes the establishment of a money museum.
- Wed-Sat 10am-6pm
- Historic Sites: "Entry to the Interpretation Centre is free and also allows visitors access to the church where contemporary art exhibitions are held."
- Family-Friendly Museums: "Take time to wander the deconsecrated church set above the Interpretation Centre, itself part of the Bank of Portugal's former premises. And look out for the old bank vault."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: This is the only medieval city wall in Lisbon that can be fully appreciated and understood in a purpose-built Interpretation Centre.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: A fantastic example of how an important archaeological site can be incorporated into an existing building, the D. Dinis Wall enriches the Lisbon visitor experience.