Seeing Stories

Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe


A multimedia guide to an imaginary Alfama. An online guide for the tourist visiting the Alfama, the place of origin of Lisbon, between pedestrian streets and the proximity of the river. This place has thousands of years of continuous human occupation. Based on literary, historical and mythological research this is an interactive route that guides the traveler through the streets of the neighborhood of Alfama with stories. These tales unravel some of the intangible heritage of this place. We highlight some scenic spots such as the hot springs, through the reinvention of the former Portuguese legends mentioning magical ways of life connected with the waters. We have illustrated the old presence of the Jewish community in Lisbon through historical accounts of the XVI century and through some tales of Sephardic origin and some stories about the patron saints of Lisbon. The purpose of this multimedia guide is captivate the visitor to discover the tales and legends of the place. 




Seeing Stories is ending as a project. But through the project we have met many individuals and organisations who want to share good practice and creative skills. So we are forming an international network called Stories in Place. The network is open to all those who through their work, art or volunteering wish to strengthen the connections between people and place through storytelling. Our aim is to further strengthen international friendship and collaboration.

If you would like to be part of Stories in Place please contact Donald Smith, Project Manager of Seeing Stories, and Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, on