New Year's Eve Day


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Random Restauradores I

Restauradores Square
A large busy central square

This large square commemorates the country's liberation from 60 years of Spanish rule in 1640.

In the center is a patterned pavement surrounding a 30-meter high obelisk with two bronze figures on the pedestal depicting Victory and Freedom.

On the west side is Foz Palace, the former residence of the Marquis of Foz, now housing a national tourism office.

Built from the mid-18th to the mid-19th centuries, the palace may only be visited with special permission. The interior and its furniture were inspired by Paris' Versailles Palace and the most interesting rooms are the Renaissance-style Stove Room, the Mirror Room, and the atrium of the chapel of Our Lady of Purity.

Next to the palace is a building known as Eden Cinema, now serving as an aparthotel (which may be booked here). Built in 1929 it is considered an art deco marvel, with its lavish interior having masqueraded as a Russian hotel in the Wim Wenders film "Until the End of the World."

A few steps away is the much photographed Elevador da Gloria, a funicular that links downtown to the Bairro Alto district.

Another popular attraction in this square is Lisbon's "Hard Rock Cafe", which is always a popular attraction for homesick tourists or memorabilia collectors of the world-famous music-themed restaurant. [*]

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Where: Baixa
How: Metro - Restauradores Station

Sights Nearby

Avenida da Liberdade - The city's main avenue.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão - Pedestrian street lined with seafood restaurants.
Rossio Station - A monumental train station.
Rossio Square - Lisbon's elegant main square.
Figueira Square - Busy square and transporation hub.
São Domingos Church - A church marked by tragedy.
Comercio Square - Monumental riverside square.
Municipal Square - Home of the City Hall palace.
Rua Augusta - The city's main shopping street.
Conceição Velha Church - Church that survived the Great Earthquake.
Santa Justa Elevator - An Eiffel Tower-like landmark with views over the city.
Marquês de Pombal Square - A roundabout dedicated to one of the city's historical figures.
Edward VII Park - The city's largest park


Marquês de Pombal

"Marquês de Pombal Square
A monument to Lisbon's rebirth
Like the Champs-Elysees and other great European boulevards, Lisbon's Avenida da Liberdade ends at a large roundabout and a monument. This is the monument to the Marquis of Pombal, the prime minister responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon following the Great Earthquake in 1755, showing him standing on a column with his hand on a lion (symbol of power) and his eyes directed to the downtown area that he rebuilt. The base is decorated with allegorical images depicting Pombal's political, educational, and agricultural reforms. Broken blocks of stone at the foot of the monument and tidal waves flooding the city symbolize the effects of the earthquake. The surrounding paving stones are decorated with a mosaic of Lisbon's coat of arms.
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Where: Baixa How: Metro - Marquês de Pombal Station
Sights Nearby Avenida da Liberdade - The city's main avenue. Edward VII Park - The city's largest park. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Treasures from the East and the West. Medeiros e Almeida Museum - Outstanding private collection of fine arts. " [*]


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Theme day September ...: Big

Maternidade Alfredo da Costa, the biggest parenting in Lisbon

The Parenting Alfredo da Costa is located in the parish of São Sebastião da Pedreira. It was built on the foundations of a temple, with the project architect Miguel Ventura Terra.
The first maternity in Lisbon to be designed and built from scratch was inaugurated on December 5, 1932. He was its founder and first director Professor Augusto de Almeida Monjardino. It appears that the work of special protection and defence of pregnant women have taken beginning in 1755, after the earthquake that destroyed more than half of the city of Lisbon. One of the buildings destroyed, not only by the earthquake but also by the subsequent fire, was the All Saints Hospital, whose patients had to be transferred to the College of St. Anthony. This building was once outside the main house of Jesuits and was seized with all other property.

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Lisbon fauna

2009 08 27_1445, upload feito originalmente por Coca Bixinhos.


Lisbon Mosque this morning

"The Mosque of Lisbon was built on the street to the Mosque, (Blue Neighborhood), near the Plaza of Spain.

It is kind of prayer room with oriental wide, dominated by a dome, and with Minarete ramp outside. It was built between 1979 and 1985 with the help of a large group of Islamic countries, the commitment of the Islamic community of Lisbon and the City of Lisbon which ceded the land. It also aims religious and social support to Muslims living, temporarily or permanently the area of the city. The mosque is for believers place of prayer and meditation individual and collective space and a much appreciated rest, peaceful coexistence and sharing society.

The Iberian Peninsula was Muslim territory since the seventh century until at least the sixth century, but in the south Islam remained longer, in some places by the end of the fifteenth century. Luxbuna, Lisbon Muslim, was conquered by Christians in 1147, but the community of believers was organized in Lisbon to the Moorish quarter of the sixteenth century around its two mosques and "Madrassa".

The influence of civilization and art in the Muslim way of being and living in Portugal and Spain was very deep and in many ways still remains. Islam currently has more than 950 million believers throughout the world, particularly in Asia (650 million) and Africa (270 million). "

Texts of Jose Luis de Matos published in the Guide to Temples, edition of the Lisbon City Hall with the National Center for Culture


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Hotel Real Palacio

Took these shots today morning while walking to work :)

Professional Review
Laid out in two separate structures connected by a terrace, this large-scale property feels like a small-scale operation. The marble-floored lobby where a lengthy reception desk can handle the crowds makes a fine first impression.
Dining on the ground floor consists of the substantial breakfast buffet and extends to all-day dining inside or on the garden terrace.
A fitness center caters to health buffs with a gym, sauna and steam room. Massage services can be arranged, and two meeting rooms accommodate small groups. Wireless high-speed Internet access is available throughout the public areas. A business center provides Internet-equipped computers for the self-sufficient. Those arriving in cars can park nearby.
Guest rooms offer frilly fabrics that grace the window panes, king or queen beds, and furnishings in coordinated patterns. Amenities in guest quarters include air conditioning, complimentary high-speed Internet access, cable TVs, safes, minibars and phones. A pillow menu provides a choice of firmness for where guests lay their heads; sadly, there is no choice for the firm mattresses. Baths come with hair dryers, robes and slippers. Units with balconies are preferred.
A few rooms are set aside each for nonsmokers and disabled guests. Pets are not allowed. Room service delivers during regular hours.
Management takes pride in this operation, ensuring guests' comfort and placing this well-kept property at the top of Lisbon's list of high-end properties with the big brand names.

Rua Tomas Ribeiro 115, Lisbon, Portugal 1050-228
Phone: 351 21-319-9501
Email: realpalacio@hoteisreal.com
Web: http://www.hoteisreal.com


August Theme Day - Night

1. «One of us is gonna have to use the sidewalk.»

2. «Slowly now...»

3. «That wasn't so difficult was it?»

Autocarros 27 na Rua de São Bento
Bus 27 at S. Bento Street
Photos by João Quaresma

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