If you find yourself head over heels for the elaborate paintings in this newly listed pied-à-terre in Lisbon, Portugal, you might be surprised to find out that they were an accidental discovery.
When the current owner first acquired the historic flat—known as São Cristóvão—its walls were a blank canvas, covered in a simple white hue. Yet upon closer examination, the traces of floor-to-ceiling frescoes dating back to the 18th century could be seen underneath.
The owner set out to restore the 800-square-foot apartment, carefully reviving the delicate artworks to their former glory. "They were even protected from electrical works by using an Italian-style exposed cable system with ceramic switches," notes listing agent Mariana Gama.
The exquisite friezes—and other historic details—can be found in every room. The wooden floors are refinished, and large picture windows illuminate the interiors with natural light while framing views of the surrounding cityscape.
A small yet fully equipped kitchenette sits off the main living/dining area, while the bedroom and bath lie down the hall. According to Gama, the dwelling "could not better translate the history of Mouraria and its beautiful architecture. Home to narrow cobbled streets telling hundreds of years in stories along every corner, the neighborhood is the perfect symbiosis of old and new, blending in the most eye-catching way." Scroll ahead to see more of the residence, currently listed for €440,000.
The São Cristóvão apartment in Lisbon, Portugal, is currently listed for €440,000 (approx. $536,346 USD) by Mariana Gama of Fantastic Frank.
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