“The Greatness of Little Portugal” – Portugal 100 Years Ago – A Free National Geographic Exhibition in Lisbon this Summer

National Geographic - Lisbon, Portugal 100 years ago

When Portugal’s King Carlos was assassinated in 1908 it marked the end of monarchy and the beginning of a republic for the Portuguese government. That finaly happened in 1910 so this year the country is celebrating 100 years of presidents and not kings. There will be several special events and exhibitions until the end of the year, and one of them is starting at the end of this month.
From July 31st to August 14th you can see a free exhibition of images of Portugal taken by National Geographic magazine over the decades. They’ll be on display inside the city’s Oceanario and can be seen from 10AM to 8PM.
Called “The Greatness of Little Portugal,” the exhibit starts with 100-year-old photos of Portugal and there’s a special focus on the Lisbon of the 1920s. These images come from articles and photojournalistic reports published in the American magazine, with the Lisbon photos reproduced from a 1922 article titled “Lisbon, the City of the Friendly Bay.”
This will be of interest to locals, but also to tourists who’ll be able to compare the city they see now to what it used to look like then. It’s interesting to note that many of the façades and trams remain the same.

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