Throughout our universal history, the gates of “walled” cities or villages played an important role not only as an urban structure, but also as a first line of defense against attacks by potential invaders. When Lisbon was ruled by the Moors in 1146, the Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, became determined to reclaim the “City”, that is now the capital of Portugal, from the “unfaithful” and joined forces with the Crusaders and Templars....

Located between Praça do Comércio and Campo das Cebolas, right in the heart of Lisbon, our apartments (AL) of Porta do Mar welcome you.

With public transport available at our doorstep, including the Ferry Terminal, in an Art Deco building dated 1931, the Metro Station (Terreiro do Paço) and several bus and tram stops, you will find yourself discovering the intricate streets of Lisbon in no time.

This stage of the Christian Re-conquest started in the beginning of July 1147. The Portuguese king’s troops surrounded Lisbon to isolate and weaken the Moors. According to the legend, one of the heroes which fought aside D. Afonso Henriques was Sr. Martim Moniz who sacrificed himself to pierce through one of the City gates so that the Crusades would be able to get inside and occupy the City.

There are some references to Porta do Mar (Sea Gate), as “Bab al Bahr”, in some Arabian documents dated from the XI century as being flooded by the river (Tejo) waters, during the high tide.

According to some historians, Porta do Mar was a “wicket gate”, ie, a secondary gate opened after the Christian Re-conquest for trading purposes. In accordance with XVI century sources, there was a salt trading post just next to Porta do Mar – that can still be spotted today.

Later, mainly after the Re-conquest, the military protection of the City was no longer relevant. Hence, the gates were converted into “arcs”.

Throughout our universal history, the gates of “walled” cities or villages played an important role not only as an urban structure, but also as a first line of defense against attacks by potential invaders. When Lisbon was ruled by the Moors in 1146, the Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, became determined to reclaim the “City”, that is now the capital of Portugal, from the “unfaithful” and joined forces with the Crusaders and Templars....

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