Alfama District

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Alfama District
Lisbon's most cinematic neighborhood by a landslide, the Moorish district of Alfama – the oldest surviving section of the city post-1755 earthquake – is a medieval maze of atmospheric alleyways, postcard-perfect nooks and crannies and a living museum of Lisbon life. Before exploring, it's best to get an overview from Largos Portas do Sol, from which the crowded, rust-orange rooftops spill out across the district on their way to the Tejo, interrupted by iconic buildings such as St. Vincent de Fora monastery, the National Pantheon and the Church of St. Stephen. Afterwards, head deep inside the neighborhood and get lost under balconies strung with drying laundry, street-grilled sardines and the sound of fado, Portugal's melancholy national music.
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1100-139 Alfama, Portugal