Galeria Subterrânea do Loreto

Loreto Underground Gallery | Walking along the streets of Lisbon, it’s hard to imagine what’s below your feet. Discover the underground side to the city in the Loreto galleries.

Discover one of the best kept secrets in Lisbon: the Galeria Subterrânea do Loreto.

In truth, this gallery is part of the aqueduct (Aqueduto das Águas Livres) that delivered water to Lisbon.

It’s easy to visit, just book beforehand and choose a time in the morning or afternoon to walk down in the depths of the city.

Put 2 hours aside to start the day with a visit at 10 am in the morning; or seek refuge from the heat of the afternoon at 2.30 pm amidst stones that haven’t seen the light of day since 1748.

It was in that year that the gallery was built to connect a reservoir (Reservatório da Patriarcal) built between 1860 and 1864 to the garden and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

Those admiring Lisbon from here have no idea what’s going on below their feet. Come and explore the quieter side of the city.

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