Lisbon underground

Beneath the streets of downtown Lisbon, there is a small stretch of underground galleries built by the romans with yet unclear purposes. Usually they are flooded and inaccessible to the general public but once a year, during a period of tree consecutive days, the water is pumped out and the traffic on the surface is conditioned so people can visit the place. The only entrance is a small rectangular manhole in the middle of Conceição street…

Queuing up to see the underground galleries…

“S” stamp for those who are waiting their turn.

Giving instructions trough the entrance hole.


Our tour guide.


A spring of pure, drinkable water flows from the ground.



Emerging from the depths…

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography. 2014


4 responses

  1. that looks very interesting! was it? great shots in any case.

    September 28, 2014 at 20:14

    • António Marques

      A bit smaller than I anticipated because only a fraction of the galleries is accessible. The most interesting thing to me is not the galleries themselves but the unexpected and sudden transition between different worlds and eras, separated from a few centimeters of asphalt…

      September 29, 2014 at 13:39

  2. Wow! Interesting…

    September 30, 2014 at 08:22

  3. Some lovely pictures you posted! Street photography can be very difficult, you have to tell a story in order to create an interesting picture. The first picture is great, a daddy-child moment on a crowded place! I love the fourth picture, where the woman seems to be very serious. What might impress me most is how you managed to tell a story with all the pictures combined. Great job!

    Kind regards,

    October 5, 2014 at 18:58

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