International Tourist Guide Day 21st February


I wish a Happy Day and all the best to all the Licensed Tourist Guides around the World!




Discover the moorish District of Lisbon with your Local Tour Guide

Discover the unknown neighbourhood of Mouraria (“the Moorish Quarter”), which is definately one of Lisbon´s hidden secrets. With more than 900 years of History is the home of people from 56 different Nationalities being the most multietnic place of the Portuguese capital. It is a place full of secrets, love and life stories that can be discovered through the eyes and of your local Tour Guide.





Type of Tour: Walking Tour

Difficulty: Average 

Duration: Up to 3 Hours

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Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed.

The Garden of earthly delights centre panel
The Garden of Earthly Delights centre panel from triptych before 1593 by Hieronymus Bosch Artist: BOSCH, Hieronymus : 1450-1516 The Art Archive / Museo del Prado Madrid / Album/Joseph Martin Photograph: The Art Archive

An enterprising blogger has recorded a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, bringing to life a series of notes that originally appeared on the backside of one of Bosch’s sinners.

Posting on her Tumblr, a self-described “huge nerd” called Amelia explained that she and a friend had been examining a copy of Bosch’s famous triptych, which was painted around the year 1500. “[We] discovered, much to our amusement,” she wrote. “[a] 600-years-old butt song from Hell.”

Once zoomed-in, the object of Amelia’s interest is clear: Bosch left sheet music “written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting”. 

Sheet music in question located in top left corner:
1480-1505. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. 
Image by Corbis Photograph: Corbis

“I decided to transcribe it into modern notation,” Amelia explained, “assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era … The last few measures are kind of obscured but i tried my best.”

The rest is history, really. Amelia posted a piano version of the torture-victim’s backside hymnal. Someone else wrote some silly lyrics (key phrase: “we sing from our asses while burning in purgatory”) and arranged it as choral chant. Soon, each post had received thousands of notes and reposts.

None of this could have been foreseen by Bosch, for whom The Garden Of Earthly Delights was probably a caution against the unending hazards of sin. While music and musical instruments are major motifs of his masterwork, which has long been on display in Madrid, these are often interpreted as symbols of pleasure, lust or the notoriously naughty habits of travelling minstrels.



Filipe Alves your Official Lisbon Tour Guide

Filipe Alves (
My Name is Filipe Alves, I live in Lisbon, the beautiful capital of Portugal since 1256! I am a certified tourist guide of Portugal since 2008 and I guide groups throughout Lisbon’s neighbourhoods, museums, churches, palaces and monuments and all over Portugal in the following languages:​​ English, German, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish.