Step into the shadows and dark history of Lisbon’s intriguing past as we embark on the guided tour “Crime and Punishment in Lisbon.” This immersive journey offers a unique perspective on the city’s centuries-old dark side while providing a broader understanding of the origins of criminology and the development of the police force in the capital.
Our expedition commences at two significant 19th-century prisons, serving as the starting point to trace the evolution of crime and punishment concepts. Delve into the history of crime in Lisbon, unraveling tales of forgeries, thefts, robberies, murders, and crimes driven by hate, passion, politics, and religion. Yet, this tour goes beyond a mere parade of misfortune, blood, and violence. Through these crimes, we gain insight into how the state and other institutions have shaped society and adapted the city to changing population realities.
As we explore the dark corners of Lisbon’s past, we’ll discover that actions aimed at enhancing the city, such as improved lighting, new sidewalks, and the removal of animals from urban environments, were not only measures for urban sanitation but also immediate responses to real or perceived feelings of insecurity. These efforts are mirrored in the chronicles and newspapers of the time, reflecting how society grappled with crime and sought to create a safer urban landscape.
Our captivating journey into the world of crime and punishment in Lisbon predominantly focuses on the 19th and early 20th centuries, with occasional detours into historical crimes from the 16th and 17th centuries. Join us as we peel back the layers of history and shine a light on the darker chapters of Lisbon’s past, revealing a city shaped by its struggles, adaptations, and pursuit of security.