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Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade is the avenue of Lisbon known for luxury, initially designed by Marques de Pombal as a wide avenue, it is 90 meters wide and just over one kilometer long, with pedestrian areas paved in Portuguese sidewalk, with landscaping composed of gardens with large trees, lakes and water sources, terraces, statues, monuments, shopping area along the entire avenue, consisting of luxury brand stores, luxury hotels, restaurants of luxury, offices with the largest national and international companies, and theater. Avenida da Liberdade starts at Praça dos Restauradores and ends at the Rotunda do Marquês de Pombal. Avenida da Liberdade is one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan areas of the city, a usual walking spot. Avenida da Liberdade is an important business center in Portugal. Avenida da Liberdade is a place to be visited by those who like architecture due to the variety of existing architectural styles, namely buildings in Art Nouveau. It is a place highly regarded by visitors due to the safe and peaceful environment.
Avenida da Liberdade is the Lisbon area with the most expensive average property price per square meter due to its super prime location in the city center, and the ability to return on investment.
Administrative organization of Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade has an approximate length of 1300 meters, starting at Praça dos Restauradores and ending at the Rotunda do Marquês de Pombal.
Avenida da Liberdade is part of the Junta de Santo António created in the political reform of parishes in 2012 and includes the old parishes of São José, Coração de Jesus and São Mamede.
The main attractions to visit on Avenida da Liberdade (top 10)
In addition to the luxury environment that exists along the entire Avenida da Liberdade with shops, hotels and services, Av. Da Liberdade has places that are worth visiting.
1. Parque Eduardo VII is the largest green park in Lisbon and one of the most popular viewpoints in the city, located north of the Marquês de Pombal roundabout. Parque Eduardo VII is one of the most popular viewpoints for tourists due to the view over the park’s garden with the downtown area in the background, the Monument dedicated to the Marquis of Pombal, the buildings in the city center, the Castle of São Jorge, Baixa, Praça do Comércio, the Tagus River and Serra da Arrábida. Parque Eduardo VII was inaugurated at the end of the 19th century under the name Parque da Liberdade, designed by Henri Lusseau, inspired by urban parks such as Regent’s Park in London or Central Park in New York. The Parque Eduardo VII changed its name in 1903 after the visit of King Edward VII of England to Lisbon to celebrate the five hundred years of the alliance between Portugal and England. This urban park was maintained and improved until it reached its current state through the intervention of the architect Francisco Keil, presenting the following points of interest:
- Pavilhão Carlos Lopes;
- Estufa Fria;
- Botequim do Rei;
- Clube Desportivo Clube VII;
- Jardim Amália Rodrigues;
- Monumento ao 25 de Abril de 1974;
- Restaurante Eleven;
- Café Linha d’Água.
2. Ascensor da Glória is the most used traditional lift in Lisbon, with approximately three million passengers per year, with a connection between Avenida da Liberdade and Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara in Bairro Alto. The Ascensor da Glória was inaugurated in 1885 with a project by Mesnier du Ponsard, making an approximate course of two hundred meters. The main attractions of Ascensor da Glória are:
- Proximity to Praça dos Restauradores, Avenida da Liberdade and Bairro Alto;
- Possibility to observe the houses and the movement of tourists along the route.
3. Cinema São Jorge – Cinema São Jorge is one of the most emblematic cinemas in the city of Lisbon, located on Avenida da Liberdade. The cinema opened in 1950 with a project by Fernando Silva, having the following attractions:
- Film Festivals – highlighting DocLisboa or the French Film Festival;
- Manoel de Oliveira room with more than 800 seats;
4. Casa do Alentejo is the headquarters of Associação Regionalista Alentejana, located at Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, having been established with the objective of promoting and preserving Alentejo culture. The main points of interest of Casa do Alentejo are:
- Restaurants with Alentejo cuisine;
- Andalusian central courtyard: a courtyard inspired by the Moroccan courtyards, where it is possible to observe small palm trees, Neo Arab style arcades, Moorish-inspired tiles and a fountain in the center
5. Ascensor do Lavra is the oldest elevator in Lisbon, with connection between Largo da Anunciada and Rua Câmara Pestana, located in Calçada do Lavra. The Ascensor do Lavra was inaugurated in 1884, owing its name due to the proximity of the Lavra Palace. The main attractions of Ascensor do Lavra are:
- Observation of the houses on Calçada do Lavra;
- View over part of the city of Lisbon;
- View of the Lavra Palace tower;
- Proximity to Jardim do Torel.
6. Cinemateca Portuguesa: it is “the national body under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture whose mission is to safeguard and disseminate cinematographic heritage”, located at Rua Barata Salgueiro. The Cinemateca Portuguesa was opened in 1948 and has the following points of interest:
- More than 70 thousand material elements related to cinema;
- More than 21 thousand works of Portuguese cinematographic production;
- Junior Cinematheque;
- Pre-Cinema Interactive Exhibition;
- Digital Cinematheque.
7. Medeiros de Almeida House-Museum: it is a space where you can visit one of the largest private collections of European and Asian decorative arts until the 19th century, located at Rua Rosa Araújo. The Casa-Museu Medeiros de Almeida was built by businessman António de Medeiros e Almeida (1895-1986) for private residence, having passed the foundation in 1974. The main points of interest are:
- Napoleão Bonaparte’s Portuguese tea service;
- Collection of watches;
- Pictures by Veloso Salgado representing “School of Islamic Medicine in Cordoba”;
- Pocket watch worn by Wellington and Junot;
- 18th century Portuguese silver toothpicks;
- Paintings by Flemish painters from the 17th century Brueghel;
- Portrait of Rembrandt from the 16th century;
8. Jardim do Torel: it is a little known garden in Lisbon, located at Rua Júlio de Andrade. The garden is thus designated to honor the judge Cunha Thorel, who gave the land in 1928 to the Lisbon City Council. The garden is relatively little known by Lisbonians and tourists, but it has several points of interest, namely:
- Viewpoint that allows you to observe Avenida da Liberdade and the São Roque hill;
- Kiosk with terrace;
- Artificial lake that during the summer is transformed into a swimming pool.
9. Lisbon Geographical Society: it is an institution that aims to disseminate the scientific study of Geography, Ethnology and History of the Portuguese presence in Africa and Asia, located at Rua das Portas and Santo Antão. The Geography Society was inaugurated in 1875, having been installed in the current building in 1897 by important personalities of the Portuguese society, namely Luciano Cordeiro (1844-1900), Teófilo Braga (1843-1924). The Geography Society is visited by Lisbon residents, tourists and school students to see the 60 thousand works, the 6 thousand manuscripts and the 230 thousand titles available. The attractions of Lisbon Geographical Society are:
- Entry: Picture by Veloso Salgado representing Vasco da Gama’s arrival in India;
- Ethnographic and Historical Museum: this museum, located in Sala Portugal, offers approximately 30 thousand pieces, namely a “Double dagger from India” from the beginning of the 20th century, the “Urn of Dom Afonso de Albuquerque Velha Goa” from 16th century, a portrait painted in oil representing Vasco da Gama and a 17th century Indian Accountant;
- Sala Algarve: a space where conferences, meetings and statues representing Vasco da Gama, Infante Dom Henrique and Luís Vaz de Camões are located;
- Sala dos Standards: here it is possible to observe the original Portuguese patterns used by browsers to mark when they arrived at an unknown location;
- Library: here it is possible to consult the more than 60 thousand available works, namely the manuscript of the “Purchase contract in favor of Vasco da Gama of the villages of Vidigueira and Frades” of 1519 or the “Book of Calculations“ by Serpa Pinto from 1878;
- Mapoteca: space where you can find some of the most important maps and globes in the History of Portugal, namely the “Globos Coronelli” by Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), the “Carta Portulano of the Atlas by Giovanni Battista Agnese ”Of 1536/39 or the“ Map of the São Tomé and Príncipe Geodesic Mission ”of 1916,;
- Fonoteca: here there are approximately 20 thousand pieces in the most varied supports, namely photographs of Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Angola of the beginning of the 20th century
10. Ginjinha Sem Rival Store is a store that sells sour cherry and is part of the chain of historic stores in Lisbon, located at Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. The store has been selling sour cherry since it opened in 1840, presenting practically the same appearance: a small marble counter with a wooden top and a U-shaped piece of furniture where you can see the various sour cherry bottles from “Ginja Sem Rival”.
Other attractions to explore on Avenida da Liberdade
Museum and National Sports Library is a museum space where you can learn about the history of Portugal’s participation in the Olympic Games, located in Praça dos Restauradores. The museum opened at Palácio Foz in 2012 to commemorate Portugal’s 100 years of participation in the Olympic Games. The main points of interest of the National Sports Museum and Library are:
- Olympic Heritage Space, where you can see posters, medals and equipment related to the Olympic Games;
- National Sports Library with over 60 thousand publications;
- Sneakers used by António Rodrigues at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics;
- Equipment that Rosa Mota used in the marathon she won at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988;
- Jersey for cyclist Joaquim Agostinho;
- 1965 Golden Ball won by Eusébio.
Teatro Tivoli BBVA is one of the most important cultural spaces in the city of Lisbon where you can watch theater plays, dances, concerts and humor festivals, located on Avenida da Liberdade. The theater plays are almost permanently sold out, being frequented by Lisbon residents and tourists of all social classes and ages. The space was opened in 1924 at the request of Frederico Lima Mayer and commissioned by the architect Raul Lino. The main attractions of Teatro Tivoli BBVA are:
- Performing dances, namely “O Lago dos Cisnes” and “A Bela Adormecida”;
- Concerts by Portuguese artists such as Teresa Salgueiro or David Fonseca;
- Conducting festivals, especially the Super Bock in Stock Festival or the Fashion Tv Awards.
Coliseu dos Recreios is one of the most popular and well-known venues in Lisbon, located at Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. The Coliseu dos Recreios was inaugurated in 1890 with the aim of being a showroom for the lower classes of society but with quality pieces. This cultural space is currently very frequented by Lisbon society due to the performance of high quality plays and concerts, namely “Mário Laginha e Camané”, “Circo de Natal”, “O Lago dos Cisnes” or “O Quebra Nozes”
Avenida da Liberdade kiosks are places where you can taste Portuguese cuisine, located along Avenida da Liberdade. The kiosks painted green are a total of seven, namely:
- “Banana Café”: composed of two kiosks located on the Avenue where it is possible to drink natural juices or cocktails and eat toast and salads .;
- “Hot Dog Lovers”: kiosk where you can try traditional and vegetarian hot dogs;
- “Ribadouro”: The “Ribadouro” kiosk belongs to the seafood restaurant “Ribadouro” located on Avenida da Liberdade;
- “Charcutaria Lisboa”: This kiosk is specialized in cheese and sausages;
- “Best Chocolate Cake in the World”: this kiosk presents as its main offer the Chocolate Cake classified as the best in the world in 2011.
Monument of the Great War Combatants: it is a monument with the objective of honoring the “Soldier of the First World War” who participated in the First World War, by the sculptor Maximiano Alves and the architect Guilherme Rebelo de Andrade . The Monument of the Combatants of the Great War is composed of a central figure of “Soldado” that represents “A Pátria” inaugurated in 1931 in Avenida da Liberdade; and two male figures that symbolize the weight of the 5,000 soldiers who died in the First World War (1914-1918).
Statuary of Avenida da Liberdade is a set of statuary that pays homage to seven personalities of Portuguese culture and politics:
- Statue of Almeida Garrett on Avenida da Liberdade, sculpture by BARATA FEYO
- Statue of Joaquim Pedro de Oliveira Martins, authored by Leopoldo de Almeida
- Sculpture of Rui Chafes
- Busto de Fryderyk Chopin, autoria de Bolesław Syrewicz
- Statue of Simón Bolívar, by Arturo Rus Aguilero
- Allegory Monument to the Tagus River, by Alexandre Gomes
- Monument to Pinheiro Chagas, authored by Costa Motta-tio
Casa-Museu Medeiros e Ferreira
Igreja da Pena
Igreja de São Luís dos Franceses
Jardim Botânico de Lisboa
Hotel Clube Portugal
Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa
Terraço Hotel Altis Avenida
Terraço I’m in Eden
Terraço Level Eight
Terraço Sky Bar
Main streets and squares
Marques de Pombal
The Praça Marquês de Pombal is the largest roundabout in the city of Lisbon, located between Avenida da Liberdade and Parque Eduardo Sétimo. In this square it is possible to observe the typical city and cosmopolitan commotion of Lisbon, being a central area of the city of Lisbon that distributes the traffic to the main road arteries of the city, it is mainly a crossing point for Lisbonians, tourists, tuck tucks and cars . The roundabout has been designated as such since 1882 to honor the Prime Minister Marquês de Pombal, considered to be largely responsible for the reconstruction of the Baixa after the Earthquake of 1 November 1755. The current appearance of the square began to take shape from 1934 with the inauguration Monument of Homage to the Marquis of Pombal by the sculptors Francisco Santos, Simões de Almeida and Leopoldo de Almeida and the architects Adães Bermudes and António Couto. The Praça Marquês de Pombal was the scene of important events in the Modern History of Portugal, namely:
- Political events: Establishment of the Republic in 1910, the 1926 Coup d’état and the April 25, 1974 Revolution;
- Official ceremonies: holding ceremonies to celebrate the Restoration of Independence of 1640, the Carnation Revolution, on October 5, 1910, the Popular Festivals of Santo António
- Demonstrations by social and professional classes Demonstrations by teachers, police and the general population;
The Praça Marquês de Pombal has numerous attractions, namely:
- Monument of Homage to the Marquis of Pombal, a monument was inaugurated on May 13, 1934 with a height of forty meters, designed by architects Adães Bermudes and António do Couto, and the sculptors Francisco dos Santos, Simões de Almeida (nephew) and Leopoldo de Almeida. The main highlights are:
- Statue of the Marquis of Pombal with a lion, symbol of strength and power;
- Medallions with portraits representing various Portuguese figures, namely the sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro (1731-1832), the writer Luís António Verney (1713-1792), of the German General Conde de Lippe (1724-1777), the Minister José de Seabra da Silva (1732-1813), physicist António Nunes Ribeiro Sanches (1699-1783), architect Eugénio dos Santos (1711-1760), diplomat Dom Luís da Cunha (1662-1749) and engineer Manuel da Maia (1677-1768)
- Inscription of the major reforms carried out by the Marquis of Pombal at the base of the pedestal, namely “Creation and Protection of many industries”, “Modernization and Agricultural Promotion”, “Lisbon Rebuilding”, “Foundation of the First School of Commerce”, ” Higher Education Reform: College of Nobles and University of Coimbra “,” Expulsion of the Jesuits “,” Abolition of Slavery in Portugal “,” Reorganization of the Army and Navy “;
- Statues representing Lisbon at the center of the monument;
- Statues representing “Agriculture” on the right, “Education” through the sculpture of the Goddess Minerva in the center and on the left representing Commerce.
- Eduardo VII Park
- Avenida da Liberdade
- Hotel Fénix Lisboa
Avenida da Liberdade: it is the main communication route in the city of Lisbon, located between Praça dos Restauradores and the Rotunda do Marquês de Pombal. Avenida da Liberdade is one of the largest avenues in the country, approximately 1.5 km long and 90 meters wide, being a privileged place in the city for luxury shopping, culture, meetings and passage. Avenida da Liberdade was opened in 1886 with the aim of providing the Portuguese capital with a place similar to the “Ramblas” in Barcelona and the “Campos Elísios” in Paris. Avenida da Liberdade is a cosmopolitan, safe space and the economic center of the city, with the following points of interest:
- Luxury fashion stores
- Monuments and statues;
- Kiosks with terraces;
- Important institutions for the city, namely the Tivoli Theater, Hard Rock Café, the headquarters of Diário de Notícias and Cinema São Jorge.
Praça dos Restauradores: it is one of the most important squares and crossing areas in the city of Lisbon, with a connection between Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio) and Avenida da Liberdade. The Praça dos Restauradores is a very busy central area of Lisbon, an area for tourists, tuck tucks, cars and public transport. The main attractions are:
- Restauradores Monument inaugurated in 1886 with a project by Tomás da Fonseca to honor the War of the Restoration of Independence of 1640, with emphasis on the Obelisk approximately 33 meters high which symbolizes sun worship; the bronze statue representing the “Genius of Independence” by Alberto Nunes, which symbolizes the liberation of Portugal in relation to Spain; the bronze statue representing “A Vitória” by Simões de Almeida; the Inscription on the pedestal of the dates and names of the most important battles of the War of the Restoration;
- Statue of Homage to Calceteiro de Lisboa by Sérgio Stichni, with emphasis on the representation of the Barca de São Vicente on Portuguese sidewalk;
- Hard Rock Café: a restaurant space integrated in the building of the old Condes cinema, where it is possible to taste American food. Hard Rock Café was opened in 2003, having been one of the first brands in the United States of America to establish itself in Portugal. At Hard Rock Café on Avenida da Liberdade, the tables are surrounded by more than 73 thousand pieces related to the history of music, namely guitars signed by renowned guitarists, pieces of clothing used in concerts by the great artists, and many more accessories from famous personalities.
- Hotel Avenida Palace is a luxury hotel integrated in a 19th century palace. Avenida Palace was opened in 1892, standing out for the 82 luxury rooms available.
- Palácio Foz is the space where several institutions are located, namely the Sports Museum and the National Music Museum. The Foz Palace was opened in the 18th century, highlighting the Abbey; the Jardim; the Junior Cinematheque; and the Library.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão is one of the busiest pedestrian zones in the city, with the connection between Largo de São Domingos and Rua de São José. Rua das Portas de Santo Antão is very popular with tourists and local people due to the esplanades, historic buildings, restaurants and theaters. Rua das Portas de Santo Antão is one of the oldest in Lisbon, having been one of the main entrances in Lisbon between the 14th and 18th centuries. At Rua das Portas de Santo Antão we can explore the following attractions:
- Lisbon Geographical Society (Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa);
- Lavra elevator (Elevador do Lavra);
- Casa do Alentejo (Casa do Alentejo);
- Patio do Tronco (Pátio do Tronco);
- Ateneo Comercial de Lisboa (Ateneu Comercial de Lisboa);
- Coliseu dos Recreios (Coliseu dos Recreios);
- Politeama Theater (Teatro Politeama);
- Ginjinha Sem Rival store (Loja Ginjinha Sem Rival);
- Dairy Advertised (Leitaria Anunciada);
- Restaurante Gambrinus (Restaurante Gambrinus);
- Solar Restaurant Two Presumptions (Restaurante Solar dos Presuntos).
Fairs, Parties and Pilgrimages on Avenida da Liberdade
- Fair on Avenida: takes place monthly on the second weekend;
- Marchas Populares de Lisboa: held annually on the night of 12 to 13 June.
Places to shop on Avenida da Liberdade
- André Opticas
- Carolina Herrera
- COS: Collection of Style
- David Rosas
- Dolce & Gabana
- Emporio Armani
- Ermenegildo Zegna
- Fashion Clinic
- Fátima Lopes
- Fly London
- Gilles Fine Jewellry
- Hugo Boss
- I Pinco Pallino
- Juliana Herc
- Livraria Leya na Bucholz
- Loja das Meias
- Louis Vuitton
- Luís Onofre
- Machado Joalheiro
- Maria João Bahia
- Michael Korks
- Miu Miu
- Rosa e Teixeira
- Tivoli Forum
- Tony Miranda
- Torres Joalheiros
- Wicket Jones
- Zadig & Voltaire
Tourist developments on Avenida da Liberdade
- Altis Avenida Hotel
- Fontecruz Lisboa Autograph Collection
- Hotel Avenida Palace
- Porto Bay Liberdade
- Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
- Tivoli Avenida da Liberdade
- Torel Palace
- Valverde Hotel
- Avani Avenida Liberdade
- BessaHotel Liberdade
- Heritage Avenida
- Hotel Fénix Lisboa
- Hotel Florida
- Hotel Lisboa Plaza
- Hotel Marquês de Pombal
- Inspira Santa Marta
- NH Collection Lisbon Liberdade
- Turim Avenida Liberdade Hotel
- Vincci Liberdade
Transport and access to Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade has the following transportation available:
- Metropolitano de Lisboa: along the Avenida there are three stations:
- Restauradores Station (Blue Line);
- Avenida Station (Blue Line);
- Marquês de Pombal Station (Blue Line and Yellow Line).
- Trains: it is possible to travel by train from Rossio station, located next to Praça dos Restauradores. From the Rossio Station it is possible to move within the city of Lisbon or to places outside the Portuguese capital, such as Sintra for example. The Rossio Station building deserves a detailed visit due to its architectural style, the presence of a store in the North American coffee chain Starbucks and the tourist development Lisbon Destination Hostel
- Car Parks: on Avenida da Liberdade there are three car parks:
- Restauradores Square;
- Praça da Figueira;
- Parque da Avenida Alexandre Herculano (near Avenida da Liberdade).
History of Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade was the first public garden in Lisbon, created after the Earthquake of November 1, 1755. In 1764 it was a closed garden and surrounded by a wall, intended exclusively for the Portuguese aristocracy. Marquês de Pombal put the architect Reinaldo Manuel in charge of this project, in 1821 the wall was destroyed and the garden was opened to the entire population. Avenida da Liberdade began to take on its current shape. The objective of this new Avenida da Liberdade project was to provide the Portuguese capital with a large avenue similar to the Champs Elysées of Paris. Avenida da Liberdade began to take its current form between 1879 and 1882. Avenida da Liberdade is the place with the most expensive real estate square meter in Lisbon, and where several events take place, namely the parade of the Marchas Populares de Lisboa, the point high of the City Festivities on the night of 12 June.
Location of the Parish of Santo António (Avenida da Liberdade) on the map of Lisbon
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