The Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos and the walkstreet Calçada dos Barbadinhos get their names from an interesting source.

A monastery used to sit in the place of the station.  Italian friars lived there.  These particular friars wore long beards and were mostly short in stature.  In Portuguese, beard is “barba.”  Also in the language, the Portuguese add the suffix “inho” to make a diminutive noun. “Barba” (beard) + “inhos” (diminuative suffix) = “Barbadinhos”!

This is why Lisboans quickly nicknamed the friars the Barbadinhos.




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