Lisbon 94, European Capital of Culture
For 180 days, Lisbon was Europe’s Capital of Culture, uniting the old and modern Lisbon with a focus on recovering heritage and cultural initiatives that popped up all around the city. It was at the outdoor seating area of A Brasileira that Lisbon’s intellectuals and movement representatives met and gathered to bring “Lisbon 94” to a close. There, everyone heard the bells of every church in Bairro Alto (the “High Quarter”) ringing to close the event. Straight after that, the statue of Fernando Pessoa was temporarily moved to make way for the works to expand the Lisbon Metropolitan subway system and, in 1998, Baixa-Chiado Station was opened, with an entrance opposite A Brasileira do Chiado.