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Incorporated within the premises of a bank in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is a museum the modest dimensions of which belie one of the city's great cultural attractions. Set beneath the floor is... Read More
Incorporated within the premises of a bank in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is a museum the modest dimensions of which belie one of the city's great cultural attractions. Set beneath the floor is an amazing archaeological site layered with the fantastically well-preserved remains of Roman, Islamic and medieval occupation. Tangible signs of 15th to mid-18th-century human activity are also evident. The museum itself is an engaging mirror into the past with its exhibits of Roman coins, Moorish ceramics and other assorted artifacts from everyday life including rings, broaches and hairpins. Afterward, visitors can explore downstairs. Here, deep under the city's streets, is a subterranean yesterday where among other sights you can gaze upon stone tanks built by the Romans to make garum, a fermented fish sauce. There's also an eerie 5th-century burial chamber complete with skeleton, and scattered building foundations dating from the 1800s.
Rua dos Correiros 21
- Mon-Sat 10am-Noon, 2pm-5pm
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: A remarkable journey into the past awaits visitors to this fascinating underground archaeological site, undoubtedly one of Lisbon's great sightseeing highlights.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: A unique historical site that reveals nearly 2,500 years of Lisbon history with an imaginatively conceived museum that truly enhances the visitor experience.