Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv

June 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm 7 comments

alfama district
Location: Alfama District, Lisbon, Portugal
This picture was taken in Lisbon’s Alfama district as it prepared for St. Anthony’s Day. Streamers in a rainbow of colors were being hung all around to add gaiety to the celebration.

Sitting on a slope of a hill, Alfama is the city’s oldest neighborhood that survived the Great Earthquake of 1755. It was the Moors that gave its character. Its name was derived from the Arabic word, al-hammah, which means thermal bath, attributed to the hot springs in the area.

It’s a must see for hikers and tourists alike. Aside from providing some of the best views of Lisbon, it offers a step back in time with its castle, 17th century churches, tiny squares, and old fashioned residential charms. It’s also a place to easily get lost in because of its intricate maze of medieval alleys and narrow streets. With that being said, it isn’t that totally bad as it often leads to further discovery.

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