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A bank is probably the last place you'd expect to find one of Lisbon's great cultural assets, but hidden beneath the Millennium BCP branch in Rua dos Correeiros is an archaeological site that is... Read More
A bank is probably the last place you'd expect to find one of Lisbon's great cultural assets, but hidden beneath the Millennium BCP branch in Rua dos Correeiros is an archaeological site that is layered with remarkably well preserved remains of Roman, Islamic, medieval and 15th to mid-18th century occupation. Visitors can follow a series of subterranean walkways built alongside and over the excavations. Of particular note are the tanks used by the Romans to make garum – fermented fish sauce. You can also gaze into a spooky 5th-centuy burial chamber, complete with the skeletal remains of an adult male. A small but engaging archaeological museum is set over the ruins, and exhibits include a number of remarkably well-preserved ceramics, coins, rings, hairpins, broaches and other assorted artefacts. The glass floor allows another perspective over the historic scene below.
Rua dos Correiros 21
- Mon-Sat 10am-Noon, 2pm-5pm
- Historic Sites: "You can join a free 30-minute guided tour that takes place daily at various hours depending on the language it's conducted in."
- 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.