Portuguese sidewalk is already part of the country’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Four months later, it is recognized as the art of know-how of the Portuguese Pavement. It is also a homage to the millenary activity and specific techniques in the first half of the 19th century.
The “art and know-how of the Portuguese pavement” was registered in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The goal is moving on to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This process takes some time, as almost every process in the past. Fado or even Évora in Alentejo with the fantastic protection walls of the city tooked the same path.
Portuguese sidewalk, threats to the preservation
The Portuguese Associação da Calçada Portuguesa (association of Portuguese Sidewalk) identifies has one of the major problems: the decrease of human resources in the sector. They are considered master pavers and the number of specialists decreases. You may find other factors such as the lack of pavement maintenance. Poor construction or even the strong competition from other types of pavements. In the sector, there is also the decline of the paving industries, extraction, and processing of stone.
“The art of paving is millenary, but the production of Portuguese pavement began as a specific technique in the first half of the 19th century, in Lisbon, where it developed and gained expression in extraordinary quantity and quality, expanding throughout the country and across several continents, as an indisputably striking feature of the matrix that is not only Lisbon but national”, quoting the intangible heritage file.
Lisbon and Portuguese pavement
In Lisbon and almost in every location in Portugal, you will be able to enjoy the unique pavement. Lisbon is perhaps the major city where drawings and art of pavement will show more effects while walking. It is possible to make almost every draw, from animals, phrases, lines, squares, spirals. It is unique and it is common to see travelers taking pictures.
The oldest restaurants or more traditional ones will present you with the floor with drawings on Portuguese pavement. Some have on the entrance the year they were established, while others add their name. However, it becomes a visual component of the whole experience for good food and wine experience.
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