On the eve of the great earthquake of 1st November 1755, Lisbon was one of the most populated cities in Europe, a major sea port, international trading station and the political heart of an empire that extended from India to Brazil. Portrayed by some travelers and foreign residents as a mixture of abject misery, extreme religious devotion and baroque opulence and extravagance, the old Lisbon became a mythical city for 18th century Europeans while for the Portuguese it has remained so until today. After the earthquake, a new plan gave form to a city with a regular layout arranged in uniform blocks. The old Lisbon city centre with its particular morphological and social characteristics disappeared.

The aim of this project is to use Second Life® technology to recreate the Lisbon destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and on which the Lisbon planned by the military engineers Eugénio dos Santos and Carlos Mardel was built.

This is a short video of an early stage of the project.

It shows the Riverside Royal Palace at the eve of the 1755 earthquake. The Royal Palace ensemble includes the Clock Tower, Royal Garden, Chapel Street, Royal Opera House, Patriarchal Piazza and Patriarchal Church. At present, the Clock Tower was moved to the Chapel Street and some detail modelling has been carried out in both the Chapel Street and the Royal Palace main façade.

Project developed by the Centre for History of Art and Artistic Research of the University of Évora (CHAIA), the company Beta Technologies, and the King’s Visualisation Lab (KVL), King’s College London.

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