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This light show projects Portugal’s history onto ruined church

The multimedia show Lisbon Under Stars is drawing visitors every night to the Portuguese capital’s landmark Carmo Church. It projects the history of the country on the walls and arches of a ruined church.

travel Updated: Jun 17, 2018 14:53 IST

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The multimedia show Lisbon Under Stars has been drawing up to 500 visitors a night.
The multimedia show Lisbon Under Stars has been drawing up to 500 visitors a night.(Facebook)
         

Tourists sit out under the stars, watching the history of Portugal projected over their heads onto the walls and arches of a ruined Lisbon church. The multimedia show Lisbon Under Stars has been drawing up to 500 visitors a night to the capital’s landmark Carmo Church, say organisers.

The show moves in chapters through Portugal’s story, including the 1755 earthquake which destroyed much of the building and the old city around it. “There is magic in the place ... it tells a gripping story,” said project manager Edoardo Canessa.

Other scenes move from the 1385 battle which secured Portugal’s independence from Spain, to explorer Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route to India in 1498 and the 1974 Carnation Revolution that ended decades of dictatorship. “Very beautiful, very beautiful,” a group of Italian tourists told the ushers at the end of the show.

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First Published: Jun 17, 2018 14:52 IST