You can't help but look down at where you are walking in Lisbon as the pavements are both beautiful but at the same time often quite lethal, especially when it's been raining or you're walking down one of the many very steep hills! But you have to love and admire these magnificent works of art from the simple house or shop numbers, to the intricate designs on the public squares and avenues which are a famous feature of this charming capital city!
This celebrates the city's maritime heritage of voyages of discovery to distant lands by navigators such as Vasco da Gama and Magellan.
In July 2016 a set of stamps and a souvenir sheet was issued depicting these famous pavements, known as Calcada Portuguesa, which are now used not only in Portugal but in other countries such as Brazil and Spain! They originated in Portugal though, introduced in the 19th century by Eusebio Candido Pinheiro Furtado, a connoisseur of Roman mosaic art. The work of laying these pavements at that time was mainly carried out by prisoners who laid the pavements of the Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio square).