This patio in Lisbon's historic centre seems to have stopped in time. Old ladies hang their washing outside their windows. Kids play outdoors and the neighbours have created a tight community over many years. But soon they will be forced to leave. The owners of one of the buildings has decided to sell it, and it will be converted in a hostel.

I was also one of those residents.  


Children play in the patio

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Toys and ornaments decorate flower pots in the patio

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Satia. She has lived in the patio for 5 years.

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Each resident has many plants which they tend to daily.

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Satia and her father watch tv in the bedroom.

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Satia's mother Carla. She is worried because she doesn't know where they are going to live.

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Decorations placed by residents for the local festivities.

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Conceição Belo. She has lived here in the patio for many years. 

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Neighbours celebrate the local festivities with a dinner in the patio and eat sardines.

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Men take my furniture out of the patio to my new home. I was the first resident to leave after the eviction notices.

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An abandoned building inside the patio.

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