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The proposal for the inscription of “Arte e Saber-Fazer da Calçada Portuguesa” in the National Inventory of Cultural Heritage was presented in March of this year by the Lisbon City Council and Associação da Calçada Portuguesa. A favorable order from the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage was published on 22 July.
“This is the first but decisive step towards the objective of consecrating the Portuguese Sidewalk as a World Heritage Site“, considered the secretary-general of the Portuguese Sidewalk Association, António Prôa.
Lisbon’s identity mark, Calçada Portuguesa (Portuguese Sidewalk) – the art of sculpting stone, combined with the creation of figurative compositions – is pointed out by many as one of the reasons for the uniqueness of its light.
In addition to Portugal, the Portuguese sidewalk is present in places such as Spain, Gibraltar, Belgium, Czech Republic, China, Macau, Malaysia, East Timor, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, the United States and Canada.