Beleza da Mouraria, or the Beauty of Mouraria, is an exquisite one bedroom, one reading room apartment located at the top of one of the most historical neighborhoods in Lisbon. The apartment has a terrace where two guests can lounge and enjoy a spectacular view: from the far left, the Castle Sao Jorge, to the river Tagus, to several tourist landmarks such as Convento do Carmo and the Cristo Rei statue, to the hills and valleys adorned by Pombaline buildings. The view is so vast that it can be enjoyed from the terrace, the kitchen, the dining room and the reading room. Lose your sense of time by watching the clouds move or a boat gliding on the river, or partake in the evening glimmer of lights across the valley.
The apartment has a large master bedroom, with a comfortable 160x200 cm queen size bed and a charming seating area. An ample bathroom comes with generously sized glass enclosed shower cabin. The living room, dining room and kitchen area is an elegantly decorated open-spaced floor plan. The living room comes with a 55” HD TV. Whether dining for 2 people or 4, everyone gets a nice view. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all sorts of dinnerware, stemware, silverware, cooking utensils and small kitchen appliances, including Nespresso, as well as drip coffee maker. State of the art microwave, oven, induction cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/ dryer help complete the stay-at-home experience.
Since the beginning, the area has always been a diverse, multicultural place. In 1147, D. Afonso Henriques, who later became the first king of Portugal, conquered Lisbon and named the district Mouraria, after the Moors from North Africa. Our street, Rua das Olarias (meaning potteries), is on the upper side of Mouraria. Historically, because of its strategic location, the road was the only pathway for Christian women to travel from the Castelo/ Alfama area to the north side of town. In 1755, Mouraria, because of its clay soil, survived the devastating earthquake that destroyed most of Lisbon. The residents commemorated the event by marking “OS” (in Latin translated to “Of the Saints”), on the top of the door frame, which can still be seen on R. das Olarias #3 and a few buildings around that corner. Mouraria was also where fado music was born, producing a few of the best fadistas. A fascinating history, indeed.
What is Around
The building is about 5-10 minutes walk to either metro station Martim Moniz or Intendente on the green line. It is also about 10 minutes walk to the start of Tram #12 or #28 to the Castle, or #15 to Belem. Live music and special events take place at Martim Moniz or Largo do Intendente, one of the hippest areas in town. In terms of food, there is no other district offering a richer tapestry of ethnic eateries, from the world-renowned seafood place Cervejaria Ramiro (a 5 minute walk) to Portuguese, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Nepalese and Chinese eateries, as well as hamburger joints, cafes and bars.
Living Like Locals
As this will be a true representation of living like locals, among residents who have lived here a long time, there can be no parties, events or any type of social functions in the apartment. Please respect the neighbors. To best manage the tight turn into the parking area, only small or medium car is advised. No large cars or SUVs.
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