Photographer's Note

Today a photo about the streets of Mouraria one of the most typical and oldest quartes of Lisboa.
With more than 850 years of history, Mouraria quarter is known by the diversity of its smells, its colours and inhabitants.
Firstly it was built with the intention and known as the Exclusion Quarter, Mouraria hides on its streets some of the biggest and rich uses and identities where music and ways of living crosses today.
Mouraria is known to be the place of birth of difference which makes us richer at the streets.
Time has transformed the streets of Mouraria on empty and quiet streets without the animation that used to be one of its most typical characteristics, now it's the silence of abandon and exclusion the most notable characteristic of this quarter.
The main problems of this beautiful quarter now voted to the abandon due to the lack of animation on it's streets are the fact of these being so narrow, even more when cars are parked over the sidewalks. Another problem is the garbage not collected by the district workers giving this quarter an awful aspect and lousy smell.
Let's hope that someone can put an end to this and make from this charming and historical quarter what it used to be, a quarter full of life at the streets, where we could find some of the best artists of Portugal singing at a Fado House.

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