Photographer's Note

Lisbons City Hall. The red artwork on the left side covers the entrance to the parking garage below the square.
Some information about the City Hall from their web site (
Several important events in Portugals history such as the Proclamation of the Republic in October 5th 1910, are deeply associated to the City Hall building.
After the 1755 earthquake, during the Pombal reconstruction, the City Hall building was built in its present location but was completely destroyed by a fire in November 19th 1863.
A new building was then built in the same place, between 1865 and 1880, based on an architectural project by the city architect of the time Domingues Parente da Silva, while the plan for the finishing of the faade was modified by a decision of Engineer Ressano Garcia. The building as a whole reveals the intervention of quite a wide number of personalities, both at architectural and constructive level, as well as at decorative level, showing quite high quality aesthetics and innovation.
On November 7th 1996 a new fire destroyed the upper floors, damaging the ceilings and paintings on the first floor.
After the impact of the fire was assessed, the options were made regarding the General Plan of Intervention for the Recovery of the City Hall building. Based on a principle of loyalty to the Historic and Architectonic tradition, the option was to come close to the initial project of Architect Domingos Parente thus taking up the essential roots of the original architectural project from the end of the former century, and that was being adulterated by later constructions from the decades of the 1930s and 1940s. Many made possible not just the restoration of the damaged art works, paintings, stucco works, stone works and statues, but also the development of a new architecture that now incorporates and enhances the value of the building.

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