Portuguese American Journal

Book: ‘Secret Lisbon’ by Vitor Manuel Adrião – Editor’s Note

Why is the Portuguese coat of arms set at an angle of 17° on the façade of Rossio station? Where in Portugal was The Magic Flute played for the first time and why did Mozart dedicate it to his master Cagliostro? What is the theory concerning the fifth dynasty of Portugal, traces of which are found in the street layout? Where can you find the most beautiful azulejos secreted around the city? Why and how did Lusitania become Portugal (Porto Graal), the place harboring the legendary Holy Grail? Where can you find the Lisboan serial killer’s head preserved in formalin? Why was the south doorway of the Jerónimos Monastery designed according to Hebrew Kabbalistic principles? What symbols are concealed within the Saint Vincent polyptych at the Museum of Antique Arts? Who in fact are the Sebastianists, messianic in the style of Shiite Muslims, awaiting the return of the lost King Sebastian?

Since the Middle Ages Lisbon has been a favorite site for the development and application of the theories of alchemist kings, masonic ministers, occult poets, followers of hermeticism and the secret knowledge of the Knights Templar, who found refuge in Portugal after they were banned from the rest of Europe in the 14th century.

Vitor Manuel Adrião, acclaimed historian and philosopher, is heir to all this esoteric knowledge in Portugal. Here for the first time he reveals his incredible knowledge in this truly initiatory guide, with a mind-boggling interpretation of the arcana of a city which some consider is on the way to becoming the spiritual capital of Europe.

About the Author
Vitor Manuel AdriãoVitor Manuel Adrião was born in Lisbon on 26 November 1959. He graduated in History and Philosophy from the University of Lisbon and has dedicated over 30 years to historical research in symbology and Portuguese tradition in the medieval period, having coordinated several courses on Sacred History of Portugal and related field trips sponsored by the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lusophone University. Lecturer and writer, in 1978 founded the Community Portuguese Theurgic in Sagres, a Cultural and Spiritual Institution. He published the books Sintra, Serra Sagrada and Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra, História e Tradição. Lately he maintains the Internet site Lusophia with themes of Portugueseness and Tradition.

Book Details

  • Title: Secret Lisbon
  • Author: Vitor Manuel Adrião
  • Publisher: Jonglez Publishing
  • Date of Publication: April 7, 2016
  • Reprint Edition: 2nd edition
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 256 pp.

Source: Jonglez Publishing