A walk down the Avenida Liberdade

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To day it’s the day to explore Lisboa.  Our hotel is on the top of Avenida da Liberdade.

 

Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) is an important avenue in central Lisbon, in Portugal. It is a 90 meter-wide boulevard with ten lanes divided by pedestrian pavements decorated with gardens. It links Restauradores Square with the Pombal Square" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_of_Pombal_Square">Marquis of Pombal Square

 

The Liberdade Avenue and the Restauradores Square have its origins in a public park (Passeio PĂşblico) inaugurated in the area in 1764, created by Pombaline architect Reinaldo Manuel.

Initially surrounded by a high wall, the park was revamped in the 1830s and 1840s by architect Malaquias Ferreira Leal, who introduced a new arrangement of the flora as well as fountains, a waterfall and statues. The allegoric statues representing the Tagus River and Douro River in the boulevard of the avenue date from this time.

 

After much discussion and polemics, the avenue was built between 1879 and 1886, modeled after the boulevards of Paris. Its creation was a landmark in the Northwards expansion of the city, and it quickly became a preferred address for the upper class.

 

Many of the original buildings of the avenue have been replaced in the last decades by tall office and hotel buildings. Nowadays it boasts several interesting buildings that reflect Portuguese architecture from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. Its pedestrian sidewalks and roundabouts, paved with the traditional Portuguese pavement, are decorated with many monuments and statues that pay homage to important personalities like Almeida Garrett, Alexandre Herculano and others.

Praca do Rossio
The large monument to the fallen in World War I, inaugurated in 1931, is the work of Rebelo de Andrade and Maximiano Alves.

 

Its scenic qualities, hotels, shops, theatres and architecture turn it into an important tourist attraction of the city.

 

Walking down the beautiful Avenida da Liberdade is a great experience with all the fashion shops, jewelries, restaurants, musicians and statues.  You can walk down the Avenida on 20 minutes, but as I used my eyes and looked around, and most of all visited lots of fashion shops, I used 3 hour, including lunch.  So be sure you’re not in a hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Praca do Rossio
Praca do Rossio
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