History in the making
CORPO SANTO SQUARE
For centuries Corpo Santo square, where the hotel stands, was a gathering place for fishermen and a shipyard. Its name comes from the “Nossa Senhora da Graça” hermitage, built on the square in the 15th century, which had an image of Saint Pedro Gonçalves, or "Corpo Santo", which was deemed to be miraculous and was worshiped by fishermen.
The Corpo Santo Historical Hotel is located in an area full of history. Numerous forgotten ancestral artifacts were discovered during the hotel’s construction and its archeological centre, located in the basement of the hotel, offers periodic exhibitions of pieces collected during the dig, such as a ceramic set from the 18th century, 15th and 16th century English pipes and the 32 meters long,14th century, King Ferdinand period wall.
The name of the hotel's restaurant, Porter, is a tribute to the type of beer that was brewed in Corpo Santo square in the 18th century. Corpo Santo was thus associated with the beginnings of the country's brewing industry.
Go with the flow
Discover Lisbon! Saint George’s Castle with its panoramic views of Lisbon; Alfama’s labyrinth of narrow streets and its Fado houses; the Chiado’s shopping streets and the ruins of the Carmo Convent; the Jerónimos Monastery, which watches over the Tagus’ estuary and, of course, the “pasteis de Belém” (custard tarts), to sweeten your visit. Let yourself get carried away by the magic and stories of the city’s every nook and cranny.
Close to the hotel:
Mercado da Ribeira
In 2014 Time Out magazine transformed Lisbon’s largest market into a gourmet food court. This impressive location offers all sorts of different cuisines, from Portuguese to Asian and from burgers to fusion, all created by award-winning chefs and some of Lisbon’s best restaurants.
The Terreiro do Paço
Praça do Comércio, better known as the Terreiro do Paço, or Black Horse square, it is the capital’s most emblematic square and one of the largest in Europe. Sprawled on the bank of the Tagus and surrounded by 18th century buildings, it offers one of the most beautiful 360º views: the city, the river, the impressive architecture, Lisbon’s Cathedral and the Rua Augusta Arch.
The most famous pedestrian street in the city, Rua Augusta attracts tourists and Lisbonians alike, with its numerous shops, restaurants and street entertainment. It connects two of the most beautiful squares in the city, Rossio and Terreiro do Paço.
Known for its street commerce, theatres and literary cafes, which were once frequented by writers, poets and intellectuals, the Chiado is one of Lisbon's most symbolic and traditional neighbourhoods. In this cosmopolitan part of town you will find some of Lisbon’s oldest shops, such as the Bertrand bookshop (1747) and the Lisboa em Paris linen shop (1888).
The Bairro Alto
The epicentre of Lisbon’s nightlife, the Bairro Alto is made up of small narrow streets lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Although it is still open to local traffic, it’s a neighbourhood where the streets are crowded with both locals and tourists.