Capital marks earthquake

Lisbon Câmara will ‘commemorate’ the 250th anniversary of the great November 1, 1755 earthquake next year. Residents will be able to revisit the period before the earthquake by way of a virtual reality display.

Specialist designers at the Câmara aim to create a 3D-multimedia system, via computer animation of a rough sketch in Lisbon Museum that purports to represent the capital before the disaster.

The quake destroyed the historic centre of the city, but its construction gave rise to Baixa Pombalina, now a candidate for UNESCO world heritage site status. The sketch of the capital before the earthquake “is one of the more emblematic aspects” of the city museum and is one “that invites most interest on the part of the public”, according to a Culture Ministry spokesperson.