Lisbon and Royalty Tour
The city of Lisbon has been historically linked to the Royalty ever since King D. Afonso Henriques conquered back the city from the Moors during the Siege of Lisbon in 1147. The Lisbon and Royalty Tour will show you all Monarchy landmarks in town.
In 1908, and after almost 800 years of uninterrupted Monarchy, King D. Carlos I was murdered in Lisbon together with his eldest son and thus heir to the throne, in what was known as the Lisbon Regicide.
After that, the Republic was established in 1910, which is still the administrative status of Portugal.
During the centuries of Monarchy, different Dynasties or Houses have ruled Portugal, starting with the House of Borgonha or Burgundy who ruled from 1043, when Portugal was just a County, before becoming an independent country, and finished in 1383. This Dynasty was also known as Afonsina because as many as four Kings had the name of Afonso.
The next Dynasty was the House of Avis. The change of names was more administrative and political than real, since the kings were direct descendants and belonged to the House of Borgonha. They ruled the country until 1580 in what was certainly the most adventurous time for Portugal. Many territories were discovered during these centuries as well as the many advances achieved in navigation.
The House of Habsburg or Filipina Dynasty, was the first foreign dynasty ruling over Portugal. The King of Spain was also the King of Portugal from 1580 until 1640 when rulership and control of Portugal was taken back by the House of Braganza, a noble Portuguese family. This Dynasty ruled until the end of Monarchy in Portugal, when the country included territories in America, Asia and Africa.
The Lisbon and Royalty Tour is perfect for people who are interested in history, going over the city’s foremost landmarks and sites related to the main events of Portugal’s history under the rulership of four Royal Houses; the Burgundy, Avis, Habsburg and Braganza.
Today, the Duke of Braganza is recognized by the Portuguese Government as the legitimate successor to the Kings of Portugal although he is not King.