20/09/2009

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. [*]


Ride Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams for FREE with the Lisboa Card.

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



3 comments:

Uma por Dia said...

Frans: Tic tac is pic nic, I think it has both names!
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Small City Scenes said...

You are the information station!!! Meet me at the Hard Rock Cafe and we will rock the night away, MB

Ken Mac said...

fantastic!