Graça and Mouraria
Come visit the most traditional neighborhoods of the city of Lisbon.
In Graça, the Portuguese troops who accompanied D. Afonso Henriques in the conquest of the city settled for the siege of Lisbon. It received the name of “Graça” in 1305, when all the convents of St. Augustine became also the invocation of Our Lady of Grace. Next to the convent and due to the “good airs”, was born a neighborhood that began by being noble, after bourgeois and merchants and later of the workers.
The district of Mouraria was born when D. Afonso Henriques sent the Moors, expelled from their citadel, to that place. There they preserved their customs: they practiced their religion, they spoke Arabic and they were governed by a governor. Later this neighborhood becomes a popular neighborhood, where fado will be born…