Calçadinha de S.Miguel: Portuguese Calçada and The King's Rhinoceros
Look down to the ground you're stepping on. This pavement... As it always been like this? In the 16th century, Ganga, a beautiful white rhinoceros, arrived in Lisbon: a gift from Afonso de Albuquerque, Governor of Portuguese India to King Manuel the 1st. Well, it was the King's birthday and a long royal procession was to be held. Back in the day the floors of Alfama were made of sand and mud. Great White Ganga couldn't possibly stain its great white paws with mud! "The floors shall be covered with stone!" And because a king's word is law, the work was done and there you have it ever since: the Portuguese Calçada.