During the 19th century Fado grew in the neighbourhoods close to the river, gradually expanding from the taverns and brothels to the rich houses. Mouraria was once referred to in literature, zines and police reports of the time as a bohemian place where ladies would sing through the night. They sang of saudade and love, but also of revolt like in the Fado Operário (Workman’s Fado). In the 20th century and during the dictatorship Fado was regarded as a national music style, although it neverg gave up praising the freedom poets of the time. On Capelão Street lived Severa, a woman who worked in the brothels and sang Fado. One century later Fernando Maurício would grow up to be the king of Fado Castiço, a more popular kind. At the top of João do Outeiro Street the great Fado singer Argentina Santos was born. More recently in the 80s in Lagares Lane Mariza grew up to be elected by BBC Radio as the greatest European singer of world music in 2003. In 2011 Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
Meeting point: Senhora da Saúde ’s Church