Fado em Si is more than a fado house, it is fado in its essence. That’s why we present you with great voices of fado, so that, even if you don’t understand the words, you can understand the feeling and feel the fado (in itself).
Fado Em Si is settled in the former Senhora de Murça palace, a bourgeoisie construction style, dating from the 18th century, where the stables used to be.
This palace is standing against Cerca Velha, the wall that protected the city and outlined Lisbon’s threshold, from Antiquity till almost the whole of the Middle Ages. Today, it’s in its facilities that one may better appreciate this wall.
Cerca Velha is a wall originally made during the roman Lisbon occupation, in the fifth century, and reinforced by the Moorish, after occupying Lisbon, in the eight century. Several enhancements were made later, until that in the thirteen century Portuguese king D. Dinis ordered the construction of a new wall, enlarging the city limits.
In the Pateo, and in the front gate there are information panels placed by the Lisbon Museum; by the front gate, in the roman time, stood one of the Lisbon entrance doors, side by side with the roman baths. After the occupation of the town by the Moorish, this door was known as Bab Al Hama (the baths door), becoming Al Hama and later Alfama, that named the neighbourhood to our days.