It was in 1513, with King Manuel I, that what would become known today as Bairro Alto was born.
An incredible view over the Tejo River, the typically Portuguese facades of the houses, and the streets full of life make this corner of ours, a true oasis of gastronomy and experiences.
The Bairro Alto originated when King D. Manuel I authorized the urbanization of Vila Nova de Andrade, in the western part of the city, outside the medieval walls. Its first inhabitants were people related to maritime professions, primarily workers in Ribeira das Naus, at the time of the Discoveries.
With the installation of the Jesuits, the S. Roque church was also built, which from 1553 on, played an extremely important role in attracting the nobility. It was here that the name Bairro Alto de S. Roque was born.
From then on this neighborhood acquired a popular and aristocratic atmosphere, which remains to this day and is noted in the architectural heritage, through the simple houses, built side by side with palaces of the seventeen and eighteen centuries.
The 1755 earthquake destroyed much of the Bairro Baixo de Vila Nova de Andrade, but the Bairro Alto de S. Roque was virtually unaffected, which led to the use of the attic waters of the buildings as housing.
From the 19th century onwards, the nobles sold most of their palaces and abandoned the Bairro Alto to the detriment of other places in the city.
With modernity arriving in the Lisbon hillside neighborhood, from this time on, several artists chose this place to live, where under the impulse of Almeida Garrett and Domingos Bontempo, the Conservatory of Arts was installed in the Convent of Caetanos, in the middle of the 19th century.
The arrival of printing presses and the expansion of newspapers accentuated the cultural and Bohemian environment that we know today. The daily life of Bairro Alto, which can be seen from its people, grew with various influences, some more humble, others based on nobility, but which make this a place rich in historical heritage with great cultural and social value.