Immerse yourself in the stories woven into the walls of our building and let the echoes of the past enhance your present-day exploration of Lisbon's rich heritage.
Arco das Portas do Mar
"Portas" refer to the gates that were part of Lisbon’s historical defensive walls. These gates played a crucial role in controlling access to the city and were often landmarks with architectural and historical significance. The Arco das Portas do Mar served as one of the entry points into Lisbon's fortified wall.
A defensive wall was erected in 4th-century, during the Roman period, to protect the city against the arrival of the Germanic tribes. This wall was built by the Romans, used by the Visigoths, and later on by the Muslims.
In the 14th century, King Fernando constructed a new wall, known as the Fernandina wall, along the waterfront, incorporating segments of the pre-existing wall. This fortification was a response to the imperative of safeguarding the city during a phase of persistent and rapid expansion. Historic gateways, including the Arco das Portas do Mar, were preserved.
This gateway stands as a testament to time, and today, it still proudly graces our premises, inviting guests to step through it and traverse into the enchanting Alfama neighbourhood.